crisis response

School Reform Commission Moves to Cover Deficit with $300M Loan

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Monday to borrow $300 million to bridge a massive deficit, emphasizing the bond deal will probably be the district's last for several years. In a brief, sober meeting, the commission approved a tough five-year financial plan for the district as a prelude to the bond sale to cover a deficit of more than $200 million in the current $2.5 billion budget, as well as a shortfall anticipated in the fiscal year that begins next July 1.

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Long Island School Rebuilds in Record Time

West Babylon (N.Y.) Union Free School District school was set ablaze while the gym floor was being refinished on the final day of the school’s winter vacation.
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Prosecutor: Probation in School Shooting Case

A Washington state prosecutor says his office will seek probation and treatment for a 9-year-old boy who took to school a gun that accidentally discharged and critically injured a classmate this past week.

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Educating a New Generation of Students about 9/11

Educators memorialize events of 9/11 at their schools and in their curriculum

Are Northwest Schools Ready for an Imminent Earthquake?

In Oregon alone, at least 300,000 children attend school buildings that are vulnerable to a collapse.

Tuscaloosa County Superintendent Rebuilds After Tornadoes

Frank Costanzo, superintendent of the Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) School System, partnered with emergency personnel just minutes after an F4 tornado ripped through the county.

New Books

Recommended reading for district leaders.

The Phenomenon Known as Bullicide

Educators can take a number of proactive steps towards preventing a tragedy.

Teenage Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

All school personnel should be educated on the warning signs and symptoms.

Helping Districts Recover From Tragedy

In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools gave $50,000 each to three districts recovering from multiple student suicides.