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Sara Smith, left, and her daughter Karina Smith visit a makeshift memorial outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, where 17 students and staff members were killed in a mass shooting.
Sara Smith, left, and her daughter Karina Smith visit a makeshift memorial outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, where 17 students and staff members were killed.
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Law & Courts Federal Appeals Court Rejects Civil Rights Suit by Parkland Survivors
The court in Atlanta held that students who survived the 2018 mass school shooting could not recover from the missteps of public officials.
Mark Walsh, December 14, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
August 18, 2020
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Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina Montalto was killed in the Parkland shooting, stands on Capitol Hill this month.
Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina Montalto was killed in the Parkland shooting, stands on Capitol Hill this month.
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School Climate & Safety Opinion We Lost Family at Parkland. You Should Learn From Our Personal Tragedy
On the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, three surviving family members write about how they believe schools can be made safer.
Tony Montalto, April Schentrup & Debbi Hixon, February 11, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Active Shooter Drills in Schools: Harmful or Helpful? The Debate Rages On
The National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and Everytown for Gun Safety are recommending in a new report that schools stop using active shooter drills that are either unannounced or simulate gun violence.
Arianna Prothero, February 11, 2020
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, JT Lewis, brother of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, speaks to President Donald Trump during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety report, at the White House. From left, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Lewis, Andy Pollack, father of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, and Trump. Lewis lost his 6-year-old brother, Jesse, in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He now is a University of Connecticut student and is running for the 2020 state Senate as a Republican, calling for better school security and mental health programs.
In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, JT Lewis, brother of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, speaks to President Donald Trump during a roundtable discussion on the Federal Commission on School Safety report, at the White House. From left, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Lewis, Andy Pollack, father of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, and Trump. Lewis lost his 6-year-old brother, Jesse, in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He now is a University of Connecticut student and is running for the 2020 state Senate as a Republican, calling for better school security and mental health programs.
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School Climate & Safety Trump Admin. Unveils School Safety 'Clearinghouse.' Here's What You Need to Know
A new "one-stop shop" website on school safety has gone live, a joint effort of four federal agencies that is drawing strong backing from the families whose loved ones were killed in the 2018 shooting rampage in at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 10, 2020
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School Climate & Safety 'Accidental' Shooting in Houston High School Sparks New Rounds of Questions
A school shooting in Houston has set off yet another round of questions about how students manage to get guns onto campuses undetected. But the Texas tragedy also calls attention to the unique and difficult fallout from gun incidents that are accidental.
Catherine Gewertz, January 16, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A special state panel in Wisconsin has rejected a financially strapped district's request to dissolve.
January 14, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Interactive School Shootings This Year: How Many and Where
Education Week is tracking shootings in K-12 schools in 2020. See the number of incidents and where they occurred in our map and data table.
January 13, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Interactive The School Shootings of 2019: What's Behind the Numbers
Eight people died in 25 shootings this year on school grounds or during school-sponsored events, according to our school shooting tracker.
Education Week Staff, December 18, 2019
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President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015.
President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015.
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Equity & Diversity 2010 to Now: A Turbulent Decade for Schools
Common Core. School shootings. ESSA. Betsy DeVos. The past 10 years have been a whirlwind of policy upheaval, tragedy, and change for K-12 education. Here’s 10 highlights—and a bonus.
Evie Blad & Andrew Ujifusa, December 18, 2019
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Gun control advocates were among those who turned out at the U.S. Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments in a Second Amendment case argued last week that is being closely watched by educator groups.
Gun control advocates were among those who turned out at the U.S. Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments in a Second Amendment case argued last week that is being closely watched by educator groups.
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Law & Courts Educators Keep Watch as High Court Hears Gun Case
Advocacy groups that emerged in the wake of mass school shootings are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to broaden gun rights as the justices consdier a Second Amendment case.
Mark Walsh, December 10, 2019
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School Climate & Safety 4 Questions for a Student Gun-Reform Activist
Alanna Miller organized her Dallas' high school's national walkout in protest of gun violence after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Now a college freshman, Miller said the high-profile pressure to change policies on guns and other issues, along with the voting power of youth, is making lawmakers "a little scared."
Arianna Prothero, November 26, 2019
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Camden High School's Da' Vion Harper's handwritten message "Rip Micah" was in honor of Micah Tennant, 10, who was shot, along with two others, during a high school football game last Friday in Pleasantville, N.J. Micah died from his injuries on Wednesday, just hours before the Pleasantville and Camden teams were to play the remaining minutes of their game at the home field of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Camden High School's Da' Vion Harper's handwritten message "Rip Micah" was in honor of Micah Tennant, 10, who was shot, along with two others, during a high school football game last Friday in Pleasantville, N.J. Micah died from his injuries on Wednesday, just hours before the Pleasantville and Camden teams were to play the remaining minutes of their game at the home field of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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School Climate & Safety A 10-Year-Old's Shooting Death and the Challenge Schools Face Keeping Football Games Safe
The shooting death of a 10-year-old spectator at a high school football game exposes a critical vulnerability and crucial responsibility for schools: keeping people safe at events outside school buildings.
Arianna Prothero, November 21, 2019
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Students are comforted as they wait to be reunited with their parents following the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., that killed two and injured several others.
Students are comforted as they wait to be reunited with their parents following the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., that killed two and injured several others.
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School Climate & Safety Should Schools Be Able to Detect Every Would-Be Shooter?
Schools, often under-resourced when it comes to mental-health professionals and services, face daunting challenges when it comes to detecting—and intervening—when students are in crisis.
Stephen Sawchuk & Arianna Prothero, November 15, 2019
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