Lessons from our year tracking school shootings: Students more likely to be hit by lightning than shot in class, yet fear of mass violence is driving policy
*Updated Jan. 2 In a Baltimore conference room filled with school-based police officers intent on stopping the next school shooting, psychologist Peter Langman offered a perspective that in 2018 seemed underappreciated, if not profound. “When you get out of your car and walk into the school building, you’ve just gone from the most dangerous place...
By Mark Keierleber | January 1, 2019
Trump school safety commission recommends rejection of Obama-era discipline reform, encourages more armed staff and physical security
In a highly anticipated but controversial move, the Trump administration’s school safety commission recommended on Tuesday the repeal of Obama-era school discipline guidance that pushed schools to reduce their reliance on suspensions and warned them that racial disparities in punishments could violate federal civil rights laws. The recommendation is one of many in a new...
By Mark Keierleber | December 18, 2018
Despite post-Parkland surge in youth vote, student activists largely fail to oust pro-gun candidates in midterms
In the months that followed February’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, student survivors launched a large-scale campaign to encourage youth voter turnout — and to knock pro-gun lawmakers out of power. The success of those young people on Election Day, however, is open to debate. While Parkland activists played a role in encouraging a...
By Mark Keierleber | November 8, 2018
In the aftermath of teacher strikes, more Americans support educator raises, poll finds
Following strikes this spring in which teachers in six states demanded higher salaries, a new poll finds a sharp uptick in Americans’ support for increasing educators’ pay. The national poll, last week by the journal Education Next, which has been surveying Americans on high-profile education issues for more than a decade, also found growing support for...
By Mark Keierleber | August 28, 2018
Living in deportation’s shadow: How one Los Angeles charter school grapples with immigration enforcement
Every time Ana Ponce drives down the highway between Los Angeles and San Diego, she’s haunted by a childhood memory: her night in lockup — the sterile white room, the sounds of crying, and the fear she might be lost. Born in Mexico, Ponce moved to the U.S. when she was 4, and, even as...
By Mark Keierleber | August 20, 2018
Child immigrants in federal custody are entitled to an education. Here’s how it works
At a repurposed Walmart just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the freezer aisles, toy department, and everyday low prices are nowhere in sight. Instead, the former shopping center that now dons a “Casa Padre” sign houses dorm-style bedrooms, a cafeteria — and classrooms. The facility in Brownsville, Texas, which houses more than 1,400 immigrant boys,...
By Mark Keierleber | June 25, 2018
‘The Unafraid’: With DACA’s future uncertain, new film offers intimate look at the struggles of undocumented youth as they fight to attend college
Since the Trump administration announced last year it would end a program that offers protections to undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children, their fate remains in limbo.Si Amid the political gridlock in Washington over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Dreamers must keep pushing forward. Among them are the young...
By Mark Keierleber | June 19, 2018
Does the March 5 DACA deadline still matter? 5 things to know about a meaningless Monday — and why Dreamers should still be worried
All eyes have been on March 5 since the Trump administration announced last September that in six months it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has provided work permits and deportation relief to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. That timeline, the Trump...
By Mark Keierleber | March 4, 2018
California inflated its high school graduation rate by 2%, federal audit finds
California education leaders inflated the state’s high school graduation rate by 2 percentage points in 2014, according to the results of a federal audit announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department’s Office of Inspector General found that California education officials inaccurately calculated its graduation rate and failed to provide “reasonable assurance” that...
By Mark Keierleber | January 17, 2018
A half-million U.S. kids attend school in Mexico. Educators are working together across the border to help them learn
In the desert just south of San Diego, towering 18 to 30 feet in the air, are eight prototypes for the wall President Donald Trump has promised to build along the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. But as the administration tests designs for keeping undocumented Mexicans out of the U.S. and cracks down on...
By Mark Keierleber | October 27, 2017