Report Roundup

School Leadership

“School and Society in the Age of Trump”

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Nearly 90 percent of the nation's high school principals are coping with hostile clashes between students inflamed by the political division and heated rhetoric, finds a new survey.

The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at the University of California, Los Angeles, studied 505 principals in communities that are nationally representative regionally, racially, and by family income and political party affiliation. In an online survey last summer, the principals discussed five problems at their schools in 2017-18: political division, disputes over truth and validity of sources; opioid addition, the threat of immigration enforcement, and the threat of gun violence. Forty of the principals also gave follow-up interviews.

Almost all the principals in the survey said they'd experienced at least two of the five problems UCLA described. Seventy percent reported dealing with four or more, and more than 30 percent are juggling all five.

Vol. 38, Issue 26, Page 4

Published in Print: March 20, 2019, as School Leadership
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories