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NAESP and NASSP oppose proposals to arm educators
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In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we all feel a desperate need to honor the memories of the victims and take steps to prevent such horror from happening again. In that spirit, many well-meaning policymakers are proposing to allow teachers and principals to carry firearms in school. As the professional organization for our nation's principals, we strongly oppose such policies. A principal's first responsibility is to foster a safe, orderly, warm and inviting environment. The presence of armed school officials on campus conveys the opposite message to students and to the local community. More


Guns for teachers legislation on the rise in states
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State lawmakers across the country are in the process of introducing legislation to allow the arming of teachers, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. Lawmakers in at least six states have outlined plans to introduce legislation in 2013 to allow teachers to carry guns into schools or require several teachers to be armed in school buildings. Proponents say that by arming teachers, school shootings would decrease, since teachers could fight back. More

Should teachers be armed?
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The national gun control debate has been revived in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The massacre of 20 children and six adults at the school leaves many questions unanswered, including whether or not armed teachers could have prevented the tragedy. Gun rights activists argue that the right to bear arms actually makes people safer, because it increases the chances someone present during a mass shooting will be able to fight back with a firearm of their own, or even discourage a potential assailant from acting out in the first place. They say gun incidents such as the shooting at Sandy Hook prove the need for gun ownership, rather than the need for tougher restrictions. More

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Experts: Arming teachers, school cops could cause more harm than good
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A nation shaken by the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is wondering what to do to prevent future tragedies. Some gun rights advocates have suggested returning to a time-worn strategy in lieu of gun control: keeping up with the proliferation of arms outside the schoolhouse doors by arming those inside. More

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For teachers, school security jumps to forefront after Newtown shootings
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When Monday morning came — the first day back after a gunman killed 20 first-graders in Connecticut — Texas school teacher Kelly Froemming found herself looking at her classroom for its prospects as a bunker. There was perhaps enough room for kids to hide under her desk and under a table. Her classroom door can be locked from the inside and she has an oversized filing cabinet that she could use as an additional barricade. More

School safety: Learning from what Sandy Hook did right
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Police are increasing their presence at elementary and high schools across the United States this week. Districts from Little Rock, Ark.; to Wooster, Ohio; to Tucson, Ariz., are reviewing security measures, planning future "lockdown" drills, and sending home reassuring letters to parents. One small district in western Pennsylvania, whose board had previously voted to eventually arm police in schools, got a court order over the weekend to arm an officer in each of its schools. The superintendent says that he expects an armed officer to be in each of its 14 schools from now on. More

K-12 leaders worried about technology costs of Common Core testing
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The vast majority of states are moving toward implementing new tests to coincide with the Common Core State Standards. But major questions remain — perhaps the most pressing of which is who's going to pay for the new technology needed to give those exams. Education Week explored this topic in depth in a series of stories in our most recent edition of Digital Directions. In some states and local districts, questions about the costs of adopting technology to align with the common core are apparently causing school leaders some unease. More

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Survey: Middle school principals consider bullying a major issue
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Results just released from a national survey of 2,000 K–12 principals offer new insight about how educators view the issue of bullying and how to address it in schools. Bullying ranks in the top five problems for more than half of the middle schools principals compared to 32 percent of elementary principals and 36 percent at the high school level. Cyber bullying ranked highest among high school principals at 63 percent, whereas verbal and social bullying ranked the highest in middle school. More

School leaders nationwide talk security in wake of Sandy Hook Shooting
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The mass killing inside a Connecticut elementary school has educators across the country reviewing their security measures, reassuring parents and asking, "What if?" "Every principal will be going through their own protocols, the things they do on a daily basis to protect their students and staff," said Dr. Will Keresztes, associate superintendent for student support in the school system in Buffalo, N.Y. More


How social networking in school can drive innovation
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Countries around the world are leveraging the power of social networking in school to prepare students for highly competitive workplace environments, and the U.S. education system could learn from some of those best practices, ed-tech experts say. A conversation between two nationally recognized ed-tech advocates reveals that the United States, often ranked near the bottom of industrialized nations in terms of teacher preparation, can take more steps to "globalize" K-12 education. And that, in turn, could help with workforce development and innovation, they say. More

Most states underprepared for public health emergencies
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There are persistent gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies, according to a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health, despite a series of recent tragic events like 9-11, anthrax threats and Hurricane Katrina. One of the most notable findings is that 20 U.S. states do not currently mandate written evacuation plans for all licensed child care facilities, should the need arise. More

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Fiscal cliff: How would White House, GOP plans affect K-12?
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Trying to keep up with all the confusing back-and-forth about the fiscal cliff and how it relates to federal education programs? Here's your watchword as you read about various proposals: spending. President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. John Boehner, the speaker of the House, have been negotiating on the fiscal cliff, but right now, they're not talking about specific programs. They're just talking about broad categories: taxes, entitlements (like Social Security and Medicare), and ... spending cuts. More

New federal rules on children's privacy set for digital devices
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The Federal Trade Commission has approved revised rules that spell out the types of information that cannot be collected from children without their parents' permission, an action meant to address privacy concerns in the constantly evolving era of smartphones, tablets, social media and apps. The new policies, announced Wednesday, seek to close loopholes that the agency says too often allow websites and online services to gather information improperly from students and turn it over to third parties for advertising purposes. More


In Texas, a town where the teachers carry guns
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Harrold, Texas offers a window on how one school manages guns in the classroom. After the Sandy Hook shooting, Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota and Oregon have said they may propose laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school. More

Teachers union marches on Loop office of mayor's pal and charter schools booster
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A day before the Chicago Board of Education is set to approve new charter schools even as it considers closing traditional schools, the Chicago Teachers Union blasted a wealthy charter supporter and friend of the mayor. Marching to a Loop office tied to billionaire charter school booster Bruce Rauner, the union and other community organizations asked CPS to stop opening new charter schools in a district claiming to have 100,000 more school seats than children. More

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DC charter schools eye city's first pre-K-12 language immersion
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D.C. charter schools are set to offer students language immersion from prekindergarten through graduation for the first time, as four schools join forces to create an international secondary school. Advocates of the District of Columbia International School say it would assuage the anxieties of parents who are interested in multilanguage charter schools for their children but wary of where their students will end up when they age out of charter elementary or middle schools with no guaranteed next step. More

NAESP joins national push for coordinated mental health and safety services
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As the nation continues to mourn the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and contemplate implications for school safety, NAESP joined the nation's leading experts from the research and school communities in a call for greater support for programs focused on mental health and student well-being. Coordinated services in mental health and school safety must be funded at the national, state and local levels to grant schools access to programs that provide students with direct support for health, well-being and safety. More

President's perspective: Reflections on a principal hero
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NAESP President Mark Terry writes: "This week, a reporter asked me if I knew other principals and teachers who would do what Dawn Hochsprung and her teachers did, placing themselves in mortal danger. I was greatly offended. My answer was emphatic: 'I don't know one who wouldn't lay down their life for our kids!'" More


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