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Refrain from censoring journalism in schools, let learning blossom

Matt Zalaznick
April, 2017
OPEN PRESS—Students who write news stories at Kirkwood High School have freedom. Writing without needing administrator approval on stories teaches the full scope of the First Amendment, the principal says.

Neither Principal Mike Havener nor any of his administrators preview stories the students at Kirkwood High School produce for their TV broadcast, or for The Kirkwood Call newspaper or its website.

Gauging the danger schools face

Jennifer Fink
March, 2017
PLAYING IT SAFE—On December 15, 2015, LAUSD closed after receiving a threat of an attack with guns and bombs. Officials gathered later in day, above, to discuss the closing. From left to right: Police Chief Charlie Beck, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, schools’ police chief Steven K.  Zipperman, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and school board president Steve Zimmer. New York dismissed the warning as a hoax.

Los Angeles USD and the New York City Department of Education both received electronic bomb threats on December 15, 2015. LAUSD called off school. New York students remained in class. Which district made the right call?

Douglas County principal reduces tardies with "class bells" music

Ray Bendici
January, 2017
Principal DeMarcos Holland created “Fantastic Fridays" to interact with K12 students on social media.

Principal DeMarcos Holland, of New Manchester High School in the Douglas County School System in Georgia, has replaced traditional class tardy bells with music, including compositions created by students and teachers. The friendlier sounds have lowered the average number of tardies from between 50 and 60 per day to less than 10.

Outlook 2017: Experts forecast the future of K12

Tim Goral
January, 2017
Adopting tech, preventing segregation, harnessing power of social media will be education priorities in 2017.

Education faces no shortage of important challenges in the quest to improve our nation’s schools. Whether it’s the debate over testing, racial issues, learning standards or shrinking funding, 2017 promises to be a year of change—for better or worse.

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