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School discipline vs. school safety

Education | Has Obama-era guidance designed to close the racial disparity gap in punishing students created classroom chaos?
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/25/18, 03:14 pm

A report released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday did little to resolve the debate about racial disparities in school discipline cases and how potential solutions affect campus safety.

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Students rally against gun violence on Columbine anniversary

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 03:48 pm

Students across the country participated in the second walkout in as many months to protest gun violence and rail against laws protecting gun rights. Friday’s protests coincided with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo. Students at more than 2,700 schools registered their intent to leave class at 10 a.m. local time, and some state capitals expected large rallies afterward. Police in Richmond, Va., prepared for at least 10,000 protesters.

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Choice lessons from national report card

Education | Education reformers say latest student performance report shows benefit of school choice initiatives
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/18/18, 03:11 pm

Education reform advocates are pointing to the latest national “report card” as evidence more spending and government oversight can’t fix the nation’s public school system.

According to standardized test results released last week by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 40 percent of fourth-graders and 33 percent of eighth-graders are proficient in reading and math. Those numbers haven’t changed markedly from two years ago, when students last took the test.

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