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Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
With nightmare visions of a gunman stalking school halls, districts often rush to hire police officers to patrol their campuses after news of a school shooting. Critics of that impulsive response, which has been in high gear nationwide since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December, acknowledge the concern for student and staff…
Descriptors: School Security, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Crime Prevention
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
In a pre-emptive move against a school safety proposal from the National Rifle Association that is expected to include a call for more people trained and approved to carry guns at schools, a coalition of civil rights and education groups unveiled its own safety plan last week. It seeks the creation of positive school climates, thoughtful and…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Weapons, School Safety, School Counselors
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
By nearly all accounts, the staff and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School did everything right on Dec. 14--and with the security measures they took before that day--when a young man armed with powerful weapons blasted his way into the school. But the deadliest K-12 school shooting in American history, a day that President Barack Obama has…
Descriptors: Weapons, Elementary Secondary Education, School Security, Crime Prevention
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a wide-ranging anti-violence plan in response to the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings comes as many districts are adopting new and sometimes dramatic measures--including arming teachers and volunteers--intended to prevent similar tragedies in their own schools. School safety experts warn…
Descriptors: United States History, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Weapons
Maxwell, Lesli A.; Klein, Alyson; Samuels, Christina A.; Casey, Diette Courrege; Shah, Nirvi; Sawchuk, Stephen; Molnar, Michele; Zubrzycki, Jaclyn; Adams, Caralee; Davis, Michelle R.; Sparks, Sarah D.; Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
In an environment of tight resources, tough academic challenges, and increasingly stiff competition from new education providers, smart leadership may matter more than ever for the success of America's school districts. Against this backdrop, "Education Week" introduces the first of what will be an annual "Leaders To Learn…
Descriptors: Superintendents, School Districts, Social Networks, Discipline
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
Hundreds of U.S. schools will supplement fire drills and tornado training next fall with simulations of school shootings. In response to the December shootings by an intruder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, several states have enacted or are considering laws that require more and new types of school safety drills, more…
Descriptors: School Safety, Drills (Practice), State Agencies, School Security
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
As soon as the winds that left seven students in Moore, Okla., dead last month had calmed, and more storms blew through the same area less than two weeks later, questions about the safety of schools in a region labeled Tornado Alley rose amid the rubble. While better design of new schools and thorough emergency training and practice may be in…
Descriptors: Weather, Natural Disasters, School Safety, Educational Facilities Improvement
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2013
Shooting instructor Johnny Price looked at the teachers lined up in front of him. Mr. Price, the owner of Big Iron Concealed Handgun Training in Waco, Texas, spent two days this month training teachers and staff members from the Clifton school district in all they need to know to earn licenses to carry weapons out of sight. There is no indication…
Descriptors: Violence, Weapons, School Safety, School Districts
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
At City Springs and many other schools across the country, restorative practices are about holding students accountable and getting them to right a wrong. The approach is getting more notice than ever as criticism grows of zero-tolerance disciplinary policies that often require out-of-school suspension and expulsion. Educators are turning to…
Descriptors: Suspension, Empathy, Zero Tolerance Policy, Functional Behavioral Assessment
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
This article reports on national standards about sexuality, sexual health, and relationships that outline topics students should learn, starting in kindergarten, and that they can build on as they grow older. The standards--an initiative by groups concerned with student health and sex education--are intended to mimic content standards for other…
Descriptors: Sex Education, National Standards, Guidelines, Curriculum Development
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
This article reports on new statistics which show that students with disabilities and black students are most likely to be restrained or isolated in school. As part of its most recent data collection, the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights asked more than 72,000 public schools to report how many students were isolated or…
Descriptors: Disabilities, African American Students, Employees, Parents
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Location, location, location. This mantra of real estate agents and their clients alike is now the target of a new report from the Brookings Institution linking housing prices and zoning practices to effectively depriving low-income students of high-quality schools. Using test scores from schools in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the…
Descriptors: Income, Real Estate, Academic Achievement, Zoning
Adams, Caralee J.; Robelen, Erik W.; Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
New nationwide data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office reveal stark racial and ethnic disparities in student retentions, with black and Hispanic students far more likely than white students to repeat a grade, especially in elementary and middle school. The contrast is especially strong for African-Americans. In the…
Descriptors: Expertise, African American Students, Civil Rights, Elementary Secondary Education
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Learning "how to be a Haut Gap student" is one of the basics at Charleston's Haut Gap Middle School. Along with reading, science, and mathematics classes, every student at Haut Gap Middle School takes a course in how to be a Haut Gap student. For most students, the class is 40 minutes a day for nine weeks. But it can last 18 weeks for…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Feedback (Response), Student Behavior, Middle Schools
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
School districts have resorted to hiring debt collectors, employing constables, and swapping out standard meals for scaled-back versions to try to coerce parents to pay off school lunch debt that, in recent years, appears to have surged as the result of a faltering economy and better record-keeping. While the average school lunch costs just about…
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Debt (Financial), School Districts, Economically Disadvantaged
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