criminal conduct

Revised school disciplinary code encourages counseling, protects special needs students

Education officials are taking a more sensitive approach to student misbehavior for the upcoming school year with a newly revised disciplinary code. The 2013-2014 version of New York City’s annually updated guidelines, which will take effect next month when classes resume, include new rules to encourage the use of counseling, reduce bullying and protect students with special needs.

Read more »

Ex-school tech director spied on colleagues, police say

An arrest warrant has been issued for Thomas Drago, who was under investigation earlier this year for allegedly spying on his co-workers' computers. The Easton (Pa.) Area School District's former technology director is facing wiretapping charges.

Read more »

Researchers get OK to exhume bodies at defunct Florida reform school

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of his cabinet have approved a permit allowing researchers to exhume bodies buried at a defunct reform school for boys. The permit allows University of South Florida researchers to begin digging at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, a small town located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee in the Florida Panhandle.

Read more »

Illinois high school to snip students' hair to test for alcohol use

Starting this fall, St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. plans to randomly snip students' hair throughout the coming school year so it can be tested to see if the kids have been drinking booze. The school has been conducting random drug tests since 2007.

Read more »

Indiana officials uncover school grading manipulation

Indiana's top education official acknowledged manipulation in the way the state's schools are graded, the latest fallout from an Associated Press report stating that the official's predecessor secretly worked to improve the score of a charter school founded by an influential Republican donor.

Read more »

Judge says DeKalb board members failed to make case for staying in office

The administrative law judge who presided over the reinstatement hearings of five suspended DeKalb County (Ga.) school board members has ruled that two failed to make a case for remaining in office.

Read more »

Trial begins for ex-Pittsburgh schools cop accused of sexual abuse of middle school students

Instead of using his badge, uniform and handcuffs to protect and serve, Robert Lellock used them to threaten, blackmail and victimize four troubled students at Arthur J. Rooney Middle School in the late 1990s, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Read more »

Philadelphia School District to release report on cheating investigation at 19 schools

The Philadelphia School District plans to release a report on its investigation of adult cheating on standardized tests in 19 city schools that will give a sense of the scope of the problem and say how many educators will face disciplinary charges.

Read more »

About 100 N.J. public workers lied to get free school lunches

An investigation into 15 New Jersey school districts turned up more than 100 public employees and family members who lied about their incomes to get free school lunches for their children, according to the state comptroller.

Read more »

Report: America's schools have actually gotten safer over the past 20 years

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) school safety report on incidents involving kids age 5 to 18 shows crime went up slightly in 2011, but that it's been steadily declining since 1992.

Read more »

Pages