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'I Promise This Time There Will Be Change'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Connecticut last week was not alone in moving forward on gun safety. New York, Colorado, and Maryland have all passed new gun violence prevention legislation in the last four months. In each of these states, ordinary citizens have said no more and lawmakers have displayed the courage to listen and lead. Now it's time for Congress to lead for children and for all of us in every state -- not just some -- to demand action not obstruction and to put protection of child and citizen safety ahead of guns -- especially deadly assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines that should not be in civilian hands. The gun violence prevention bills pending in Congress deserve a vote. This time there must be change.

Now Is the Time to Protect Our Kids

Mark Shriver | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Our communities have lost too many young, innocent lives to violence. As a nation, we are responsible for doing whatever it takes to protect our children from this public health epidemic. Strong, decisive action is needed in Washington, D.C., to address this crisis.

Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.

The Things That Work to Curb Gun Violence

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

The children that were lost in Newtown were our children. The children that are lost to gun violence in neighborhoods throughout America are our children. And the lives that we can save tomorrow are our children's lives.

Restorative Justice Practices in Every Classroom

Ted Wachtel | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime
Ted Wachtel

The data shows that restorative practices in schools have a remarkable positive impact when employed by everyone in the school.

Joy Resmovits

This State Could Become The First To Require Armed School Employees | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday released its long-awaited "National School Shield Report," a lengthy document that recommends that schools a...

Christina Wilkie

NRA School Safety Report Suggests, Yup, More Guns | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) on Tuesday released a 225-page report on school safety funded by the National Rifle Association. The...

Pay Equity Is Every Worker's Right

Gregory Floyd | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Gregory Floyd

Unions fight for better pay, wages and pensions that guarantee workers dignity in retirement. We do this because the Labor Movement, at its heart, is about fairness.

Should Teachers Pack Heat?

The Tampa Tribune | Rob Shaw | Posted 05.18.2013 | Miami

TAMPA -- Your child's third-grade teacher might be packing more than a lesson plan in the classroom if a bill designed to make schools safer becomes l...

Teen Narrowly Escapes Kidnapping From School Hallway

Posted 03.15.2013 | San Francisco

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a teenage girl at a Fair Oaks school. Police say the al...

Ed Today: School Safety Addressed At House Education Committee Hearing; Arne Duncan's Sequestration Hype

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

House Education Panel On School Safety On Wednesday, members of the House Education & Workforce Committee mulled over ways to keep schools safe in light of the horrific Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting, reports Politics K-12. Witnesses told the committee that "school resource officers, additional guidance counselors, and professional development for educators can help schools head off tragedies," the blog reports. But there was next to no conversation about gun control. Hmmm.

House Education Committee Ready To Talk School Safety

AP | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House education committee says any discussion about school safety needs to be coupled with "common sense strateg...

How Not to Police a Society

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.28.2013 | Crime
Tom Engelhardt

It was, in a sense, so expectable, so leave-no-child-behind. I'm talking about the arming of American schools. Think of it as the next step in the militarization of this country, which follows all-too-logically from developments since September 11, 2001.

The School Security America Doesn't Need

Chase Madar | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Chase Madar

It seems grotesque that the horrific slaughter of those 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, will result in more children getting traumatized, but that's exactly where we're headed -- with firm bipartisan support.

Teacher Pretends To Shoot Students, Gets Suspended

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.15.2013 | Parents

A Georgia schoolteacher was suspended after pretending to shoot first-grade students during a lesson about the Newtown, Conn., massacre. The Odyss...

Changing Face of Equality Is Born of Tireless Effort

Gregory Floyd | Posted 04.07.2013 | Black Voices
Gregory Floyd

At times it seems that while we are succeeding in making the country more equal it is getting less of everything else. Through these problems, we continue to show resilience and persistence.

10 Tips for Women Starting Their College Careers

Kristin Shaw | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Kristin Shaw

Those four years flew by, and they had their share of joy, and angst, and heartache, and incredible new opportunities and friends. Each person has to make her own way; here is my humble offering of advice to young women starting their own journeys.

Schools' Realistic Shooting Drills 'Kind Of Scary,' Parents Say

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education

"I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handgun a...

Terrorist Tots?

Rae Pica | Posted 03.31.2013 | Education
Rae Pica

Arne Duncan said that the proposal on gun control had created one of his proudest moments while serving in this administration. Curbing school violence, he told us, is among his top priorities for the next four years. Somehow I think it's doubtful that these are the kinds of efforts he has in mind.

Dad Banned From School Districts For 'Alarming' Facebook Post

Posted 01.25.2013 | Education

An angry father of a high school student in Washington state has been banned from two school districts after posting what police called "alarming" com...

Schools Requiring Criminal Background Checks For Visitors

Posted 01.25.2013 | Education

Visitors to schools in a suburban Chicago, Ill., district are now required to undergo a background check as part of added security measures in the wee...

Moving Education Forward: It Starts With School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Diann Woodard

It is now time to re-evaluate our education policy, starting with the voice, tools, and support that we provide for our school leaders, the principals and administrators responsible for overseeing the scholastic performance and physical operations of our schools.

Missouri Bill Would Require Parents To Report Gun Ownership To Schools

Posted 01.24.2013 | Education

A Missouri lawmaker is making waves with a bill that would require parents who own guns to notify their child's school. Democratic state Sen. Maria...

Pilot Episode of New #AskArne Video Series: Sec. Duncan Talks Gun Violence With a Teacher (Me)

Dan Brown | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Dan Brown

As a teacher and a parent, what our nation's education leaders think really matters to me. And with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about to begin a second term, it matters even more.

Should Florida Gun Owners Foot The Bill For Students' Safety?

Posted 01.23.2013 | Miami

In the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, one Florida lawmaker wants to make gun owners foot the bill for students' safety. Frid...