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May 25, 2018
Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences
A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.
April 24, 2018
Memphis students present demands on school safety in wake of Parkland shooting
The list includes hiring more school counselors, offering conflict resolution classes and help in advocating against giving guns to teachers.
April 10, 2018
A proposed budget for Memphis schools comes out this week. Here’s what we know so far.
The budget so far doesn’t include any major new initiatives as the district circles its wagons to strengthen strategies already in place.
April 4, 2018
School security measure passes the Colorado Senate in late night reversal
This proposal divided Democrats, some of whom worry about increasing police presence in schools.
April 3, 2018
Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with handguns killed in House committee
The vote ends the march of a bill that easily had cleared two legislative hurdles and was expected to reach the House floor.
not so fast
April 2, 2018
Senate Republicans throw cold water on $35 million school safety proposal
As the Colorado Senate prepares to take up the budget, Republican members of the Joint Budget Committee didn’t exactly embrace a key amendment from the House.
April 2, 2018
Five things to know about school resource officers in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam's task force on school safety has identified expanded coverage by trained school safety staff as an immediate priority after Parkland.
March 29, 2018
Most New Yorkers want armed guards in public schools, according to a new poll
Fifty-six percent of city voters said “police officers or armed security officers” should be stationed in every school.
March 28, 2018
Haslam orders first-ever security review of all Tennessee public schools
With a list of more than 1,700 schools statewide, the safety assessment is to begin immediately — and be completed before the start of next school year.
Updated March 28, 2018
Bill to arm Tennessee teachers remains up in the air as sponsor faces sexual misconduct allegations
Rep. David Byrd's bill sailed through its first two legislative hurdles but was postponed in the House just before a news report aired with the allegations.
March 20, 2018
Tennessee governor proposes $30 million for student safety plan
Tennessee joins the growing list of states taking similar actions after last month’s shooting rampage at a Florida high school.
March 13, 2018
Disputed money in Colorado education budget will go to school safety measures
Colorado lawmakers had been arguing about what to do with $7 million in “extra” education money.
March 12, 2018
Making the rounds on TV, Betsy DeVos says she hasn’t visited struggling schools and draws sharp criticism
Betsy DeVos has visited all kinds of schools since she took office last year. But one kind of school has been left out, she said Sunday: schools that are struggling.
March 9, 2018
School safety, funding, segregation, and more: Here are 7 issues Carranza will face in New York City
When Carranza takes the reins from Fariña, he will oversee a system that is five times larger than Houston's and arguably the country’s most complex.
March 8, 2018
Convened by de Blasio to talk school safety, New York City students tell him his latest solution is misguided
Student after student grilled Mayor Bill de Blasio about metal detectors.
March 6, 2018
Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with guns on hold for now
Rep. David Byrd, named this week to the governor's task force on school safety, says he'll "wait and see" before pressing his bill.
March 5, 2018
Here are the people now scrutinizing school safety in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam names a 17-member working group in response to last month’s deadly shooting rampage at a Florida school.
March 1, 2018
Haslam to name task force on school safety in Tennessee
The governor's task force will include law enforcement, education leaders, mental health professionals, and legislators.
February 28, 2018
Proposal to arm teachers with guns advances in Tennessee legislature
The bill would allow districts to adopt policies that let select school staff voluntarily carry a concealed handgun on school property.
February 20, 2018
Jeffco’s superintendent has some ideas about preventing school shootings — and none of them involve gun control or armed teachers
Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass thinks a national push for armed guards and mental health in schools is more politically feasible than gun control.
December 5, 2017
Only one school campus has asked to have metal detectors added or removed since New York City created guidelines for requesting changes
Only one principal has asked for a change in how often scanners are used at their school -- a request that was approved -- and none has asked for them to be added.
November 7, 2017
Beyond pre-K: Here’s what you need to know about de Blasio’s education record this election day
De Blasio's success with universal pre-K has allowed him to sidestep contentious issues during the campaign: charter schools, school segregation and the Renewal program.
Updated November 3, 2017
Student injured in New York City terror attack returned to school the following day
“Teachers stayed until every child was home, until every parent got listened to, until everyone was deemed safe,” Chancellor Fariña said.
October 31, 2017
Read the rarely-seen agreement that put New York City police in charge of school safety
What that agreement actually says has been a bit of a mystery: It hasn’t been widely available to the public. Advocates have demanded that it be overhauled.
By the numbers
October 30, 2017
New York City schools continue to give out fewer suspensions, though racial disparities persist
While most student groups received fewer suspensions last year, black students and those with disabilities continued to be suspended at disproportionately high rates.
Updated October 30, 2017
After fatal Bronx school stabbing, New York City launches new anti-bullying programs
The $8 million suite of initiatives will include a new online bullying-reporting tool, staff trainings, and funding for LGBTQ student clubs.
Who's In Charge
October 6, 2017
A 1998 agreement that put the New York City police in charge of school safety has never been revised — until now
Due to a decades-old agreement between the police and education departments, the police are in charge of most matters involving school security.
October 2, 2017
Anxious parents challenge de Blasio’s school safety efforts in wake of Bronx killing
The meeting was the first time de Blasio and Fariña publicly fielded questions from parents in the aftermath of last week's fatal stabbing.
respect for all
September 29, 2017
Schools’ response to bullying is questioned after fatal school stabbing
After reports that an 18-year-old student who is accused of killing his classmate was bullied, questions have emerged about bullying prevention across the city.
September 27, 2017
The fatal stabbing in a Bronx classroom was horrific — but also extremely rare
One student has not killed another inside a school for 25 years, officials said.
Updated September 27, 2017
Updated: A Bronx student stabbed two classmates, killing a 15-year-old boy
The stabbing took place Wednesday morning at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.
September 26, 2017
Black and Hispanic students in New York City most likely to be arrested and handcuffed, data shows
While two-thirds of students are black or Hispanic, they account for more than 92 percent of school arrests.
By the numbers
August 7, 2017
Highs and lows from New York City’s annual school surveys of parents, students and teachers
It’s hard to make year-to-year comparisons of the data because of changes to the questions and given responses.
April 6, 2017
NYC set to adopt long-debated changes to student discipline code that will further reduce suspensions
The debate over the city’s discipline code raises larger questions, some of which are also being asked in other large school districts across the country.
March 31, 2017
Suspensions continue to fall in New York City schools under de Blasio
Overall, suspensions have plummeted 30 percent in recent years.
December 13, 2016
New York’s widely criticized system for tracking violent incidents will get a makeover
The changes have been in the works since last year.
November 4, 2016
Five top 10s that show which New York City schools suspend the most students
Just 10 percent of schools accounted for 47 percent of last year’s suspensions.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
September 22, 2016
First Person: A cough-syrup overdose isn’t a crime — except when schools rely on police in the wrong ways
I have found in my research that the presence of officers can change the school environment away from one that focuses on children’s social and academic needs.
September 22, 2016
First Person: What my Bronx students think about passing through scanners at school
Key voices have been absent from these conversations about school safety: those of students and teachers. So I asked my students what they thought.
September 12, 2016
State officials propose new categories for tracking violent and disruptive behavior in school
“Anything that changes VADIR is a good thing,” said Kathleen DeCataldo, executive director of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children.
Where's the data?
August 16, 2016
NYPD misses deadline to report student interactions with police
“It’s disappointing that the NYPD has had a year to get ready to report this information and hasn’t been able to do so."
August 9, 2016
New York City students show up in droves to question school discipline policy
Students shared their personal stories about being disciplined in city schools and urged the city to do more to reduce suspensions for older students.
August 2, 2016
Only four New York City schools now on state’s ‘persistently dangerous’ list
The number of dangerous schools, as defined by the state, has hit an all-time low.
July 21, 2016
City will no longer suspend students in grades K-2, and releases a slew of new school crime data
Advocates largely praised the new policy, but stark racial disparities in school discipline persist.
July 13, 2016
Developer vows to bring back ‘better plan’ after pulling proposal for landfill near Memphis elementary school
A Memphis developer is retreating — for now — from its second proposal to expand a landfill next to an elementary school in the city’s Frayser neighborhood.
May 16, 2016
After announcing plans for 12 school mergers, Fariña says to expect many more
Chancellor Carmen Fariña expects to consolidate a growing number of very small schools next year, which she has asked superintendents to identify, she told city…
May 11, 2016
Why should schools move away from suspensions? We asked student activists to weigh in
Over pizza one recent afternoon, a group of students from high schools that have adopted new discipline approaches explain what has changed.
April 20, 2016
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
Some teachers say schools are not giving suspensions even when they're warranted, and their union says teachers need more training and support.
the safety dance
March 18, 2016
Spike in weapons seized in schools, pro-charter group reports
A pro-charter advocacy group is continuing to criticize de Blasio's school safety record by revealing data Friday that shows more weapons were confiscated in schools.
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