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2 students hurt in Texas high school shooting, suspect arrested

The shooting began around 6:55 a.m., before many students arrived for the first day back to classes after spring break. One student was injured by gunfire, another was hurt by “debris from the shooting,” and both were getting medical care.

6 Ohio elementary students charged in “Black Lives Matter” racial incident

Six students, ages of 11 to 13, were charged in connection to the Feb. 10 incident in which a group of kids reportedly forced classmates onto their knees and had them state “Black Lives Matter."

Florida GOP bill could ban girls from talking about their periods in school

New legislation proposed by Republican state Rep. Stan McClain would only permit “instruction in acquired immune deficiency syndrome, sexually transmitted diseases, or health education” only in grades 6 through 12.

‘Fight Back’ bill advances in Montana legislature

“From the dawn of humankind, people have naturally been defending themselves from attack, and I believe the right to self defense is an inherent natural right that a school should not have the authority to strip away,” said Rep. Jedediah Hinkle.

School offers ‘pay what you can’ tuition for specialized education

Kids playing is what you’d expect when you think of kids in schools, but for most students, this freedom comes only in between classes and tests. At the Morgan Oliver Community School, creativity and spontaneity are encouraged every moment of the day.

Digital literacy: Can the republic ‘survive an algorithm’?

For teachers already facing myriad demands in the classroom, incorporating internet literacy can be a challenge — especially given how politicized misinformation about vaccines, public health, voting, climate change and Russia’s war in Ukraine has become.

With gun control far from sight, schools redesign for student safety

Leaders at Fruitport High School in Michigan opted to completely redesign the building—spending $48 million to incorporate curved hallways and little nooks for students to hide in, among other safety-driven upgrades.

Michigan superintendent apologizes for book removals

Forest Hills Superintendent Dan Behm sent a letter to district staff, apologizing for removing books from the district's library this past summer. “I am sorry that I did not do better sooner in this issue,” he wrote.

Texas’ takeover of Houston schools draws Congressional scrutiny

The Biden administration is being asked to open a civil rights investigation into the Texas Education Agency's takeover of Houston ISD, the state’s largest and most diverse system whose school board was often at odds with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Women in school district leadership: Rarer than you think

While the gender imbalance at the top job in the district has improved from the 1980s when 90+ percent were men, just over 1 in 4 superintendencies today are held by women—with women of color representing just a small proportion of that total.

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