Safety and Violence

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Trey Clayton, 19, sits on his porch in Sarah, Miss. A school paddling in 2011 led to serious injuries for Clayton, who now says, “I do believe in discipline, but I believe there’s certain things you can take to prevent stuff like that happening.”
—Yalonda M. James for Education Week

Miss. Man's Life Upended by 8th Grade Paddling

In 2011, given the choice between a paddling and a school suspension, Trey Clayton chose the physical punishment. He's sorry he did. (August 23, 2016)

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Efforts to ban corporal punishment get pushback in communities where the practice is ingrained, but change is happening.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
More than 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in 2013-14, an Education Week analysis finds.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
In 2011, given the choice between a paddling and a school suspension, Trey Clayton chose the physical punishment. He's sorry he did.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Twenty-nine states ban corporal punishment, but rules vary even from district to district. Some schools reported using physical discipline even when their states said no.
August 24, 2016 – Education Week
Proven in-school programs can reduce violence, write Roseanna Ander and Julia Quinn of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
In the wake of a spate of police-related shootings, educators grapple with how to help students—and one another—process the grief and address bigger issues of race and law enforcement.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
Following the killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., educator Peter DeWitt considers how to create a positive climate for students.
June 16, 2016 – Education Week
Amid the contentious debate over transgender restroom policies, Amira Hasenbush of the Williams Institute at UCLA delves into the relevant research.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week
Katherine and Kenia were among the recent surge of Central American children fleeing to the U.S. Now they're graduating from high school.
June 8, 2016 – Education Week

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