Parkland Shooting
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Big change in the Big Easy

Education | Survey of New Orleans charter school graduates shows big gains in educational achievement
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/15/18, 05:13 pm

New Orleans became the biggest charter school experiment in the country in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina washed out the city’s traditional public school system. Rather than rebuild a district already plagued with underperforming schools, state lawmakers turned over almost every campus to non-profit charter school groups. Governed by local boards, each school had the autonomy to adopt a unique curriculum, emphasis, and education strategy. Parents had the freedom to choose the school that best fit their children’s needs.

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Parkland shooter heard voices, didn’t get help

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/08/18, 10:45 am

A safety commission formed after the February school massacre in Parkland, Fla., hears evidence this week about the events leading up to and following the shooting. The commission meetings and newly released documents from the investigation paint a troubling picture of 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz. In the transcript of his post-shooting confession, which officials released Monday, Cruz said a voice in his head told him to “Burn, kill, destroy.” He called himself “worthless” and repeatedly said he wanted to die.

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Critics blast Texas governor’s school safety plan

Education | Gun control advocates say nothing but limiting firearms will stop student killers
by Anna Johansen
Posted 6/06/18, 01:54 pm

Texas schools could send teachers to gun training courses as soon as this summer under a school safety plan Gov. Greg Abbott introduced last week. Abbott made the recommendations in response to the May 18 school shooting at Santa Fe High School, just south of Houston.

Some of the ideas detailed in the 43-page report require changes to state laws and would necessitate a special session of the Texas legislature, but schools can implement some proposed measures immediately.

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