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Four Proposals To Tackle the Growing Militarization of Schools

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

A mass abduction that was seen a year ago as unprecedented -- sparking justifiable outrage across the world -- now seems, after a series of further kidnaps, to look like a sadly increasingly familiar tactic in the terrorist arsenal.

Newtown Panel Issues Recommendations To Improve School Safety

AP | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A panel created by the governor after the deadly Newtown school shooting released a set of draft recommendations Thursday for ...

Schools Can Be Front Line of Fight Against Ebola

Gordon Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Gordon Brown

While in some extreme cases schools have to be closed when they are at the center of an outbreak, investing in safe schools -- and the return of pupils to receive regular temperature checks and health education -- may be the best way to combat Ebola's further spread.

Real Strategies to End Bullying

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

The Dignity Act is a different kind of anti-bullying law.

Reducing Gun Violence Isn't a Lost Cause

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

I've seen real people have reasonable conversations about guns in America. I've even seen people who support gun ownership agree with those who don't,...

Rethinking LGBTQ Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

What is needed are interventions that understand the problem of LGBTQ bullying as rooted in cultural values, not in individual "bad" children, and that see schools as sites where traditional genders and heterosexuality are valued, rewarded, and given positions of power and prestige.

Are Anti-Bullying Programs Counterproductive?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

Faced with a bullying problem, schools will often reach for the latest anti-bullying program that promises to work, without considering the crucial question -- "will this program work for our school?"

School Administrators: Getting Them Onboard Is Key to Change for LGBTQ Students

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

Placing LGBTQ students in a "risk" category -- positions the group of students identifying as LGBTQ as a potential "problem" for the school that requires a solution, rather than as a group of students bringing untapped assets and strengths into the school community.

UNC System Bans Gender-Inclusive Housing, Creating Hostile Schools

James Clementi | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
James Clementi

This sort of policy only ends up forcing students, especially trans students, into living situations where they are harassed and must be on guard at all moments. This further alienates already at-risk populations of youth when we should be including these individuals and building them up.

Real Solutions to Our Education Funding Crisis (VIDEO)

Brian Sims | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Brian Sims

If you've been paying attention to the national news lately, you've certainly caught wind of the catastrophic budget problems that the Philadelphia public school system is currently facing.

Three Ways to Help 'Loners' and Improve School Safety

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 03.18.2013 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Research consistently shows that building connections between and among students and teachers, teachers and administrators, and the school and parents makes schools safer and offers better support to those who are at risk of becoming isolated, bullied, and teased.

Is the Love Affair With Data Driven Public Policy Cooling Off?

Marc Epstein | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education
Marc Epstein

On paper it appears that street crime is down and school crime is down. The reality is the schools are actually less safe. When government agencies run two sets of books they are really no different from a private sector Ponzi scheme.

An Open Yearbook Message To The LGBT Students Of The High-School Class Of 2012

Maya Rupert | Posted 08.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

Each time I think that you cannot possibly have one more fight left in you, you remind me that this generation's capacity for greatness may simply be beyond measure. In the face of overwhelming odds, you respond to those fighting to keep you down by standing up.

School Board Bans Kid's Book for Mention of Gay Families

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

In Erie, IL last week, the Erie School Board voted to ban Todd Parr's The Family Book from its elementary school. The book tells young children that families are different.

Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All

Jody Huckaby | Posted 07.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Jody Huckaby

For too many of our children, attending school can be a frightening experience. As parents, families, friends, and allies we need to do something to make schools safer for ALL students.

Urban Violence Is a National Crisis

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 02.27.2012 | Crime
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Violence and crime are happening in schools in cities like Camden and other poor urban centers throughout the country. Our families have come together to object the violence in our city.

Too Little Too Late?

Marjorie Gilberg | Posted 12.19.2011 | Los Angeles
Marjorie Gilberg

Cindi Santana and her family did everything right to ensure her safety and the system failed them. Responding to dating abuse requires parents, schools, community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to work together.

Bullies, Bullied, Bystanders, or Bullet Proof -- How the Arts Help Break the Cycle of School Violence

Kristen Paglia | Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts
Kristen Paglia

Arts education, particularly theater education, may be an effective method of teaching young people tolerance, and helping them recognize, and stand up against, injustice.

Kids Gave Each Other 'Flu Shot' With Hypodermic Needle Found On The Ground

AP | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education

LYNN, Mass. — School officials in Massachusetts say two elementary school children were given medical attention after they played doctor with a ...

'National Safe Schools Week' Puts The Spotlight On School Violence

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

According to national data, almost 8 percent of students reported being "threatened or injured with a weapon" on school grounds in 2009. Findings fro...

The SAFEST Colleges (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As part of their 10 for '10 college rankings, Unigo asked students about the safety of their campuses. Common themes of the the top ten safest schools...

Goodbye Massey Coal Dust: Welcome to the Ed Wiley Elementary School!

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Nearly four years ago, retired coal miner and grandfather Ed Wiley walked from Charleston, West Virginia to Washington, DC, asking state and federal o...

Kevin Jennings Is Highly Qualified for His Job

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

Republicans in Congress are trying to get the Assistant Deputy Secretary in the Department of Education fired based on his sexual orientation. And that should enrage everyone.

Be Who You Are

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

School will soon start again, and countless LGBT youth will return to classrooms all over the country. Some will return to schools where they find support and protection; some won't.

Another Dead Boy

Sara Whitman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Whitman

There is something deeply wrong. We must demand change. We must enable teachers to do the right thing. We must teach our children tolerance.