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September 11, 2019
Chicago schools chief asks Congress for more federal help to address childhood trauma
The hearing focused on practices that educators are using to support students affected by gun violence and other traumatic experiences.
September 11, 2019
Chicago’s school councils were granted authority over school police. All voted to keep them.
Around 70 of Chicago’s Local School Councils at schools where police are stationed voted to retain officers in their schools.
September 10, 2019
In area beset by violence and deportations, Chicago opens a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers
Erickson Institute will open a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers in a Chicago neighborhood beset by violence and deportations.
a helping hand
August 30, 2019
Could a summer pilot for at-risk teens curb violence even after students return to school?
She was one of 430 young people who last week completed Summer for Change, the inaugural run of an intensive, six-week pilot program.
August 15, 2019
Middle school near Brownsville playground shooting counsels students with ‘grief-sensitive’ approach
Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a middle school in Brownsville, has been acknowledged for its commitment to counseling students, who are no strangers to deaths of loved ones.
July 31, 2019
Scenes from Chicago Public Schools’ first back-to-school bash full of free stuff
More than 700 families celebrated the start of school Tuesday afternoon with free food, games, music, backpacks full of school supplies, and even immunizations.
June 27, 2019
Chicago moves to lessen discipline for drugs or alcohol in schools
Students caught smoking weed, for example, will no longer face the possibility of expulsion.
talking it out
June 26, 2019
‘It makes us better teachers because we’re not carrying it inside’: How a Detroit preschool helps teachers cope with the stress of the job
But Starfish Family Services, which runs Hiveley and 10 other Head Start Centers in and around Detroit, started requiring all of its teachers to participate in group sess
June 14, 2019
As Memphis responds to Brandon Webber’s death, school leaders look for new ways to help students
Some have wondered what else could have been done while he was in school to prevent his death.
Breaking school-to-prison pipeline
June 12, 2019
Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx floats new proposal to reduce in-school arrests
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office is proposing a diversion program, in which school officers could refer students to a social service agency for support.
June 7, 2019
Here’s the No. 1 concern that Tennessee’s new education chief heard during her statewide listening tour
Four months into her job, Penny Schwinn says one theme keeps emerging in her visits to classrooms and discussions with educators and stakeholders.
June 6, 2019
Seeking to deter a ‘morbid fascination,’ Jeffco may rebuild Columbine High School
The new school would be built to the west of the current school and would retain the same name of Columbine High School.
June 5, 2019
‘It’s OK to not be OK’: How one high school saved lives with a 34-question survey
Leaders in a southern Colorado school district rolled out an online mental health screening to help high-school students in crisis.
May 29, 2019
When I became Puerto Rico’s education chief, I wasn’t prepared for the level of poverty I’d see. Now, I want others to pay attention.
I met hundreds of smart, hardworking students who lacked notebooks, pencils, or other basic supplies. I wish I could have done more.
Updated May 9, 2019
‘Nothing makes me feel safe.’ How Colorado educators and parents are processing yet another school shooting
Our survey of Colorado parents and educators found frustration, fear, and resignation over the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
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