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State law encourages alternatives to school-based police while federal grants increase their presence

State law encourages alternatives to school-based police while federal grants increase their presence

A new law that encourages school districts to consider alternative approaches to school safety beyond just posting police on their campuses was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week, just days after the U.S. Department ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, School Safety

‘Run, hide, fight’ new mantra for schools in post-Newtown environment

‘Run, hide, fight’ new mantra for schools in post-Newtown environment

Traditional school safety techniques had students huddling in locked classrooms and waiting for rescue if danger approached during school hours. But tragic lessons in Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., have given rise to new recommendations ... … Read entire article »

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Bill would require school districts to clarify the role of campus police

Bill would require school districts to clarify the role of campus police

Unlike most school safety legislation introduced after the Newtown shootings, which called for increased security measures and beefing up school police forces, a bill by one California assemblyman takes a different tack: It seeks to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Reporting & Analysis, School Safety, State and Federal Policies

Gun safety courses offered to elementary teachers in Galt

Gun safety courses offered to elementary teachers in Galt

In a new twist to professional development in a post-Sandy Hook world, some teachers in the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District will not only be learning Common Core state standards and classroom management, but ... … Read entire article »

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Legislators introduce a flurry of school safety bills

In the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., legislators in Sacramento have introduced almost two dozen bills that involve campus security, including requiring doors that lock from the inside, increasing mental health services, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Governance, Initiatives, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, School Safety, State and Federal Policies

Poll: Counselors are more important for school safety than police officers

Poll: Counselors are more important for school safety than police officers

To improve school safety, Californians overwhelmingly believe that having guidance counselors in every school would be more effective than deploying armed police officers. … Read entire article »

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LAUSD to beef up security with unarmed campus aides

In response to the Newtown shootings, Los Angeles Unified plans to hire 1,087 campus aides, who will wear special vests and carry two-way radios, to bolster security at more than 400 elementary schools, according to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: K-12 Reform, Quick Hits, School Safety

EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge

EdWatch 2013: School safety issues emerge

California legislators have responded to the Connecticut shooting of school children by proposing three new gun or ammunition control laws, but so far only one bill that specifically deals with school safety. State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)  is reintroducing ... … Read entire article »

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How safe is safe?

How safe is safe?

Much has been, and will be, written about the latest incident of senseless violence on a school campus. But there will never be a rational explanation for what has happened or anything written that can ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, K-12 Reform, School Safety

California near bottom in number of school counselors

California near bottom in number of school counselors

As a mourning nation focuses on the need for more mental health support for students, California has regularly ranked at or near the bottom among the states in the number of counselors per student. In California, ... … Read entire article »

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