Safety and Violence

The latest news about safety and violence in schools, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

Brian Hall, a community safety officer dedicated to the elementary schools in the Prince William County school system, watches as a group of students walk to their classroom at Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Va.
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Schools Are Spending Millions on Safety. How Will They Know It's Working?

Researchers who study school security worry that K-12 leaders don’t have good data to back up their decision-making on school safety investments. They want to help. (November 13, 2018)


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School Shootings: Five Critical Questions

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The Parkland School Shooting: Complete Coverage
On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history.

The Newtown School Shootings
Education Week's coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and their aftermath.

A Lingering Shame: Sexual Abuse of Students by School Employees
This special collection of stories assembles reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue.

Columbine: 10 Years Later
A decade on, this collection looks at the events, survivors, and lessons gleaned from the attack at a Colorado high school.

The Virginia Tech Shootings
The mass slaying at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute revived vexing questions and raised familiar fears for K-12 educators across the country.

Rules for Engagement Blog

03/17 03:56 pm | Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus: Pro Tips From Homeschoolers | How can parents make sure their kids are still learning, carve out time for their own work, discover their inner teacher, and stay sane? Ed Week turned to the foremost experts ...


Gallery: School Violence in Books, Movies, TV, and More
School massacres and mayhem have been a dark thread in popular culture for decades. Browse this collection of moments when school violence made its way into movies, literature, television, music, video games, and theater.

School Officers: Who They Are; What They Do
School resource officers began increasing after the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, but little is known about this specialized law enforcement profession. The Education Week Research Center surveyed SROs to provide insights into their training and roles.

Leader to Learn From

Dale Marsden: Recognized for Leadership in School Climate and Safety
Dale Marsden has lived a superintendent’s worst nightmare—armed intruders threatening his students or staff—not just once, but twice in the five years he’s led this large school district.

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There's a difference, writes online professor Natalie B. Milman. Here's what you should know about emergency remote teaching and learning.
March 30, 2020 – Education Week
The coronavirus crisis is a powerful opportunity to reassess public education, write John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz.
March 27, 2020 – Education Week
Schools are missing the digital contact information for far too many families. That's suddenly an urgent problem, write researchers Todd Rogers and Jessica Lasky-Fink.
April 1, 2020 – Education Week
It's hard to keep the coronavirus crisis in perspective, especially when that perspective keeps shifting, writes New York City teacher Colin Lieu.
March 25, 2020 – Teacher
The coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis that requires unprecedented measures to protect public health, including a financial safety net, writes John Bailey.
March 23, 2020 – Education Week
Rather than get trapped by fear and anxiety over decisionmaking during the pandemic, school leaders should embrace what the research tells us, writes Yinying Wang.
March 25, 2020 – Education Week
During the coronavirus pandemic, it can be a difficult adjustment to work from home. Online educator Kiesha Easley offers 5 strategies to protect your mental health.
March 18, 2020 – Education Week
Closing American schools earlier and for a longer period of time blunted the impact of the Spanish Flu in 1918, according to researchers. But in 2020, shuttering schools for a prolonged period to prevent spread of COVID-19 would also bring steep costs to communities.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
A California man who is on the autism spectrum was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of Parkland, Fla., school shooting victims.
March 3, 2020 – AP
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.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week

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