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Carvon Johnson and Robyn Johnson with daughter Jayla, standing, a recent graduate of Council Rock High School in Newtown, Pa., and daughter Janai, who graduated from the school in 2013. Both sisters said they were the targets of threats and racist speech because they are African-American.
—Daryl Peveto for Education Week

Swastikas. The N-word. 'Go Back to Mexico.' What Hate Looks Like in Schools

Data on hate-related incidents in schools are skimpy, but when slurs are scrawled on bathroom stalls and threatening notes are put in backpacks, it’s clear that hate and intolerance are being boldly expressed in some schools. (August 6, 2018)

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A new program uses VR simulations to help students with autism spectrum disorder practice what to do when they encounter law enforcement. But some say it’s the police who need the training.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
Just because some schools have pushed back start times doesn't mean teens are sleeping more and doing better. California's new mandate will give researchers an opportunity to study the impacts on a large scale.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
While most schools don’t have the luxury of scheduling more leisurely lunch periods, there are some strategies they can use to make even a 20-minute lunch period run more smoothly, and ideally, give students what they need most: enough time to eat.
October 15, 2019 – Education Week
When schools cram lunch into 25 or 30 minutes, that often leaves students too little time to eat a full meal. Some are finding ways to balance more time to eat with the pressures of instructional time.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers work their magic with students all the time, building community and trust. What would school be like if principals worked that same magic with teachers, wonders Jonathon Medeiros.
October 9, 2019 – Teacher
Schools, celebrities, and lawmakers have long urged young people to get involved in local and national issues, but the young activists calling for action to stop gun violence or climate change find that their civic involvement isn’t always welcomed.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
A pair of board resolutions in Kansas put the e-cigarette industry on notice at a time when schools are grappling with rampant use of their products by students.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
Proposed changes include new data about sexual violence by and against school staff, harassment based on religion, and an end to breaking down pre-K enrollment by race.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
After a viral story about a Florida school resource officer's arrest of two young students, here are best practices for monitoring school police conduct.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week
As shootings break out at high school athletic events, districts must grapple with major questions about their role in keeping venues safe.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week

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