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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. (February 15, 2018)

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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.

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In the #MeToo era, even educators are not immune: Forty percent of K-12 teachers and administrators report in a new Education Week Research Center survey that they’ve experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or assault while at work.
June 21, 2018 – Internal
Only half of students report feeling safe at school. So where do we go from here? Michele Gay and Alissa Parker weigh in.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Driven by concerns about school safety and a wave of teacher activism over pay, state legislatures tackled contentious education topics in recent sessions, despite the campaign-year hazards.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Could a focus on altruism in schools curb teen suicide? Educators Arina Bokas and Robert Ward make the case.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
There are now more than 200 school districts in Texas that have adopted policies allowing staff to carry firearms, a number that spiked in the weeks following a deadly high school shooting in Florida.
June 16, 2018 – AP
Speakers at a sometimes-emotional meeting of the federal commission floated dozens of proposals for preventing the next school shooting, many centered on mental-health resources and gun restrictions.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Two months before the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School, a retired Secret Service agent warned administrators that the school could be vulnerable to a gunman.
June 11, 2018 – McClatchy-Tribune
One in five school officers say their school is not prepared to handle an active-shooter situation, according to a nationally representative survey of school resource officers conducted by the Education Week Research Center.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week
Prosecutors say a teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety will not face charges.
June 5, 2018 – AP
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.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

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