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At the new Rising Hill Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo., gender neutral student bathrooms have a common sink area for washing and individual, locking, toilet stalls that can be used by boys or girls. Principal Kate Place gave a tour of the facilities on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. The school is in the North Kansas City school district.
A gender neutral student bathroom.
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School Climate & Safety 'Devious Lick' TikTok Trend Creates Chaos in Schools Nationwide
Shattered mirrors, missing soap dispensers, and broken toilets in school bathrooms have been linked to the "devious lick" challenge.
Simone Jasper, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), September 16, 2021
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The Supreme Court in Washington as seen on Oct. 7, 2020. After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices have moved the other way. The high court ruled 6-3 Thursday along ideological lines against a Mississippi inmate sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally stabbing his grandfather when the defendant was 15 years old. The case is important because it marks a break with the court’s previous rulings and is evidence of the impact of a newly more conservative court.
The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on Oct. 7, 2020.
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Law & Courts High Court Justice Rejects Student's Bid to Block Removal Over Sexual Harassment Claim
Justice Elena Kagan denied a California student's effort to return to school after his 'emergency' suspension under Title IX regulations.
Mark Walsh, September 7, 2021
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Image of a student holding a mask and a backpack near the entrance of a classroom.
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School & District Management Unmasked and Masked Students Separated at Texas School District
The measure is one part of a new “mask enforcement” policy in Eanes Independent School District in Austin.
Kaitlyn Alanis, The Charlotte Observer, August 27, 2021
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Image of a student sitting at a desk in a school hallway.
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School Climate & Safety 4 Myths About Suspensions That Could Hurt Students Long Term
New longitudinal research shows that longer in- and out-of-school suspensions have severe consequences for students.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 26, 2021
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Conceptual image of unfair discipline bias
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School & District Management Opinion Why, Really, Are So Many Black Kids Suspended?
The answer lies much more with educators than with students, writes researcher Richard O. Welsh.
Richard O. Welsh, August 19, 2021
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Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the Education Department in Washington on Aug. 9, 2017.
Flags decorate a space outside the office of the education secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.
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Federal Senators Grill Civil Rights Nominee on Transgender Students, Sexual Assault Investigations
If confirmed as assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine Lhamon will handle some of the Education Department's most sensitive issues.
Evie Blad, July 13, 2021
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National Education Association President Becky Pringle delivers a keynote address.
National Education Association President Becky Pringle delivers a keynote address at the union's representative assembly in early July.
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Teaching Profession Q&A Teachers' Union President: Say 'No to Censorship, and Yes to Teaching the Truth'
National Education Association President Becky Pringle discusses some of the challenges and priorities for the nation's largest teachers' union.
Madeline Will, July 7, 2021
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Educators and union leaders gathered in Minneapolis in 2018 for the National Education Association’s representative assembly.
Educators and union leaders gathered in Minneapolis in 2018 for the National Education Association’s representative assembly.
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Teaching Profession Union Members to Discuss Critical Race Theory, School Police at 100th NEA Assembly
The NEA's Representative Assembly, where delegates will determine the national union's priorities and policies, will take place this week.
Madeline Will, June 29, 2021
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Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge as they remember George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge as they remember George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York.
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Equity & Diversity Collection How the Murder of George Floyd Changed K-12 Schooling: A Collection
The Black Lives Matter protests forced schools to re-evaluate how they serve Black students and marginalized communities.
June 4, 2021
A police officer walks down a hall inside a school
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School Climate & Safety Interactive Which Districts Have Cut School Policing Programs?
Which districts have taken steps to reduce their school policing programs or eliminate SRO positions? And what do those districts' demographics look like? Find out with Education Week's new interactive database.
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Police officer outside of a school
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School Climate & Safety Defunded, Removed, and Put in Check: School Police a Year After George Floyd
Education Week has identified nearly 40 school districts that defunded their police after last summer's Black Lives Matter protests.
a student sits alone in a hallway
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School Climate & Safety Biden Team to Revisit How Schools Should Ensure Racial Equity in Discipline
The Trump administration pulled a directive on fair discipline for students of color. Biden's Education Department will review the issue.
Evie Blad, June 4, 2021
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School Climate & Safety As States Fall Short on Tracking Discipline, Concerns for Equity Grow
Pandemic upheavals have left a majority of states with holes in their data about discipline in schools, potentially worsening disparities.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 4, 2021
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