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A framework for preventing lethal school violence

Any realist admits that we're not going to succeed in "stopping" school violence because doing so is too high of an expectation. However, if prevention, awareness and effective threat assessment in schools are integral parts of our dialogue, then we might be as close as we can get to cessation.

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From Audrie Pott suicide, questions about how best to help teens

High-schooler Audrie Pott killed herself after three boys sexually assaulted her. Her parents have worked to turn the tragedy of their daughter’s suicide into hope for reform. At least two of the boys have agreed to talk to teens to help promote change as part of a settlement, but that could pose problems, experts say.

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Hillary Clinton on education: 8 things the presidential candidate wants you to know

During her four years as Secretary of State and the last two years giving speeches and promoting her memoir, “Hard Choices,” she has said little about education issues.

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Urge legislators to support pre-K

Kids who receive early childhood education are more likely to read at grade level, less likely to repeat a grade or require special education, more likely to earn a high school diploma, less likely to become teenage parents, require public assistance, abuse drugs or end up in jail.

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Keep education motivation up all day

There is urgency in today’s highly global, competitive economy to address the crisis in education and workforce preparation, and a critical opportunity to capitalize on the hours beyond the school day to prepare students for college and promising careers.

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Push for more accurate teacher evaluations must focus on improving education

One big change is that district leaders will not have the leeway to decide how teachers are rated; perhaps that change will avoid any disparities between students testing poorly and teachers rated highly.

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Iowa Legislature needs to approve anti-bullying bill

While previous efforts have died in the Legislature, bipartisan support for substantive anti-bullying legislation is looking better this year. Developing strategies to wipe out bullying is one important step in getting our youths through an intense stage of their lives. We all need to invest in this endeavor.

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Education spending a civil rights issue

The disparities that exist in school discipline policy disproportionately impact students of color, children with disabilities and LGBTQ youth. Yet the federal government continues to offer funding to states to place police officers in schools while providing proportionately less funding to implement alternative positive discipline practices.

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No Child Left Behind overhaul should keep states accountable

The No Child Left Behind Act, a product of good bipartisan intentions and bad legislative drafting, is closer than ever to a rewrite that was supposed to have happened eight years ago. But the new bill would allow so much flexibility that it's unclear what would happen in states that don't try hard to reduce achievement gaps.

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Tribal history curriculum gets boost in Washington

A decade’s worth of work by tribal leaders, educators, legislators and activists has shown that having difficult conversations about issues of race, history and culture is necessary and productive. The state's House and the Senate passed bills that require schools to incorporate the history, culture and government of the nearest Indian tribes into the social studies curriculum.

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