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Equity & Diversity More Than 1 in 4 Homeless Students Dropped Off Schools' Radar During the Pandemic
School leaders have lost track of students amid school closures, shrinking capacity at homeless shelters, and ever-higher family mobility.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 25, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Domestic Violence in the Age of COVID-19: A Teacher's Perspective
We must have extra compassion for students who have lost their safe haven during this crisis, writes high school teacher Shalander Shelly Samuels.
Shalander Shelly Samuels, May 20, 2020
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School & District Management When the PD Plate Is Overfull
Growing requirements for trainings on non-academic issues—everything from food allergies to sexual assault—have made it hard for schools and teachers to keep up.
Evie Blad, May 14, 2019
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People leave gifts at a Perris, Calif., home where authorities say a couple abused and tortured their 13 children.
People leave gifts at a Perris, Calif., home where authorities say a couple abused and tortured their 13 children.
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School Climate & Safety Homeschooling: Can It Hide Abuse?
A severe case of child abuse and torture is bringing renewed attention to the mostly hands-off approach states take with home schooling.
Arianna Prothero, February 6, 2018
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Sacheiry Comeron, 34, gets a kiss from her son, Yomar Lopez, 12, after Comeron secured an interview for a teaching job with the Orange County school district at a reception center set up at the Orlando International Airport to greet evacuees from Puerto Rico. Comeron's résumé includes 10 years of teaching experience, a masters degree in education and certifications to be a principal.
Sacheiry Comeron, 34, gets a kiss from her son, Yomar Lopez, 12, after Comeron secured an interview for a teaching job with the Orange County school district at a reception center set up at the Orlando International Airport to greet evacuees from Puerto Rico. Comeron's résumé includes 10 years of teaching experience, a masters degree in education and certifications to be a principal.
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Equity & Diversity Mainland Schools Receive Puerto Rican Students—and Educators—With Open Arms
As Puerto Rican families leave their devastated homeland for the mainland, school districts are preparing to take in students and offer jobs to teachers.
Denisa R. Superville, October 13, 2017
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Furniture is piled up outside Houston’s Thompson Intermediate School. Students are moving to another campus while the Pasadena, Texas district fixes the flooded school.
Furniture is piled up outside Houston’s Thompson Intermediate School. Students are moving to another campus while the Pasadena, Texas district fixes the flooded school.
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School Climate & Safety Children's Trauma Lasts Long After Disasters, Studies Show
Long-running research on Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin, Mo., tornado suggest that Texas schools will be dealing with Harvey's aftereffects for years.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 8, 2017
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Terrence Rideau, who has severe cognitive and physical disabilities, watches television at his home in Keller, Texas. Now 21, he was a middle student in a self-contained special education classroom when he suffered multiple injuries.
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Special Education Cameras in Special Ed. Classrooms a Complex Issue
A new Texas law requiring such cameras at the request of parents and teachers raises questions about cost, privacy, and even whether they'll help protect children.
Christina A. Samuels, September 20, 2016
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School Climate & Safety Commentary How to Teach for a Better World
Teachers shouldn't shy away from exposing students to thorny ethical issues in developmentally appropriate ways, writes educator Zoe Weil.
Zoe Weil, April 12, 2016
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Early Childhood Commentary Early-Childhood-Development Research Is 'Unassailable'
Investing in a child's health and education, even before she is born, has lifelong benefits, writes Sarah Klaus.
Sarah Klaus, March 22, 2016
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Grant Porter, 5, watches as his mother Ardis Porter, 26, has her blood drawn for lead testing last month in Flint, Mich.
Grant Porter, 5, watches as his mother Ardis Porter, 26, has her blood drawn for lead testing last month in Flint, Mich.
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School Climate & Safety Commentary Flint Educator: Our Water Crisis Is a Crisis of Trust
A Flint, Mich., teacher weighs in on how the city's water crisis has damaged more than students' health.
Arina Bokas, February 8, 2016
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Maurice Rice stacks water at a church in Flint, Mich. Bottles of water collected by Flint residents were displayed outside of city council chambers during a news conference about the water crisis.
Maurice Rice stacks water at a church in Flint, Mich. Bottles of water collected by Flint residents were displayed outside of city council chambers during a news conference about the water crisis.
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Student Well-Being Water Contamination Raises Health Concerns for Flint Students
A federal emergency was issued over the weekend as city and school officials in Flint, Mich., continued to deal with the fallout from high lead levels in the water supply and the threat the crisis poses to children.
Corey Mitchell, January 19, 2016
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School Climate & Safety Commentary How to Create Safe Learning Environments
Two researchers suggest evidence-based classroom practices that help teachers promote a positive and secure student learning environment.
Christina Cipriano Crowe & Tia Navelene Barnes, December 8, 2015
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Law & Courts K-12 Issues Within Broad Sweep of Recent High Court Rulings
Even when the U.S. Supreme Court is not weighing education-specific cases, many of its decisions reach into the schools—and the 2014-15 term was no exception.
Mark Walsh, July 2, 2015
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School Choice & Charters Efforts to Regulate Home Schooling Rekindle Controversies
As state policymakers push for more oversight of home schooling families, advocates for education at home are split over how much regulation is necessary.
Arianna Prothero, May 12, 2015
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