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Take Action This National School Safety Week

National School Safety Week

Like everything, National School Safety Week (Oct. 17-23) looks different this year. Historically, this week has been used to draw attention to school violence. But we can think of nothing more violent than forcing educators, employees, and students back into unsafe classroom environments. That’s the situation we’re in, thanks to a lack of state leadership. Gov. Greg Abbott and the...

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Federal Focus on Anti-Bullying Efforts

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Education held the first-ever National Summit on Bullying to draw attention to this all-too-common discipline problem. Now the feds have followed up with the launch of a new Web site, www.bullyinginfo.org, intended as a one-stop site for federal resources on bullying. In announcing...

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National Poll Shows Community Support for Teachers

The latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward Public Schools shows strong public support for a positive rather than punitive approach to improving school and teacher performance. A solid majority, 54 percent of those polled, said the best way to turn around low-performing schools is to keep...

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As School Year Starts, Teachers’ Grading Authority Bolstered

In May 2009 the Texas legislature passed a truth-in-grading law designed to strengthen teachers' grading authority by prohibiting district policies that required teachers to give students unearned "minimum grades." In June 2010, a state district judge in Austin rejected a court challenge to the law, agreed with Texas AFT, and...

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