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Illinois May Require School Shooting-Incident Drills

With Illinois close to making shooting-incident drills mandatory in all public and private schools, some parents and officials say a proposed new law would require tough decisions on how to balance a student's safety with a child's innocence.

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Newtown (Conn.) Residents Divided Over School Site

As word spread over the weekend that Sandy Hook Elementary School would be demolished, residents were split about whether building a new facility on the site of the old one was the best way for the community to move on.

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Hidden Threats to Young Athletes

Concussions are receiving attention nationwide, but death from a blow to the head is exceedingly rare. In contrast, a young athlete dies from a cardiac incident once every three days in the United States, researchers say.

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Disruptions in Syracuse Schools Spur Debate Over Discipline

Syracuse teachers say the level of disruption in their schools has ratcheted up this year and the district has not acted forcefully enough to bring order to their hallways and classrooms.

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Vermont High School Bringing Back Cameras in Wake of Newtown

For seven years, the video cameras sat in boxes gathering dust at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Now the same cameras that were yanked down from school hallways after parents and students complained are on the verge of going back up. What’s changed?

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Boston to Boost Scrutiny of School Workers’ Records

Boston Public Schools, in a push to beef up background checks on employees, will meet the requirements of a new state law mandating that all staff be fingerprinted, and will go a step further by scouring court documents to see if a string of “nonconvictions” is a sign of questionable character.

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Surprise Shooting Drill Shocks Teachers at Oregon School

Teachers attending a meeting at a small school in rural Oregon last Friday were shocked when two masked men wearing hoodies burst into the conference room and pretended to open fire. The surprise shooting drill at Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway was designed to test the school's preparation for an assault by "active shooters," The Oregonian reported.

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Enhancing Visitor Management After Sandy Hook

In the months following the Sandy Hook massacre, schools nationwide have stepped up efforts to provide safe environments for teachers and students, and many have turned to high-tech solutions.

Few Schools Hire Armed Guards After Conn. Massacre

More than four months after the shooting, just two Connecticut school districts are pushing forward with the idea while others are calling it unaffordable or imprudent.

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Link Between School Climate and Violence Confirmed

New research from the University of Luxembourg shows that there is a direct link between school climate and school violence. Most importantly, the social climate in class and in school is assumed to have a significant effect on the prevalence of violence in schools.

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