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Newslines– Superintendent resigns amid flap over gun

The superintendent of schools in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading, Ohio, has resigned because of community reaction to his suggestion that it might be a good idea to arm teachers.…

Planning a secure school facility

School officials involved in designing new facilities or remodeling existing sites should consider the following steps to ensure the safety of their students: • Involve your school security team and…

Excerpts from ISTE’s Connecting Curriculum and Technology

Profiles for technology-literate students In 1998, ISTE released a set of technology standards for K-12 students—performance indicators that could be used as benchmarks to define “technology-literate” students at each grade…

Newslines– Violent crime rates down among youth

Despite fears spawned by a series of high-profile school shootings, violent juvenile crime rates dropped last year, continuing a four-year trend, according to a Justice Department study released Nov. 23.…

Safety tips every teacher should know

Here are safety tips that some school safety consultants believe teachers should know before they step into a classroom: • Don’t lock classroom doors. If the door is open, other…

In new school buildings, safety starts with design

The new school’s hallways were empty, save for a quiet custodian wiping tiny black scuff marks from the floor. There were no lockers slamming, no high-pitched giggles, no groups of…

Improper Computer Furniture is a Looming Legal Liability for Schools

Court cases for “repetitive motion injuries” and “carpal tunnel syndrome” are waiting to happen to schools. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates such injuries amount to $27…

California passes law to equip school buses with safety belts

California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation requiring safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses on all new school buses starting in 2002, but giving California an emergency exit if the federal…

School psychologists debate merits of “student profiling” to combat violence

Much like the FBI developing psychological profiles to track terrorists and serial killers, school psychologists are putting together checklists of behavior common among students prone to violence. But critics fear…

Bush plan would shield educators from discipline-based lawsuits

Bush plan would shield educators from discipline- based lawsuits Allowing teachers to reasonably enforce discipline and providing more character education for students would improve safety at America’s schools, Texas Gov.…