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School Administrators Face Aftermath of Colo. Horror

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Law enforcement officials continue to investigate Tuesday's massacre at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., that killed or wounded more than a score of students. Meanwhile, students, parents, and administrators across the country ponder their own schools, with the question that has followed in the wake of other incidents: "Could it happen here?"

Coming up in the next issue of Education Week: A look at the turmoil an education community faces in the wake of unthinkable violence, and the impact such incidents have on children and school officials everywhere else.

How do principals deal with security issues in the context of competing demands and limited resources? How can teachers and officials stay on top of the maelstrom of cliques, clubs, and subcultures present in most high schools? And what resources are available to administration teams seeking to balance openness and security?

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