How do closures affect students’ academic performance? In many places, closures hurt students academically; in some others, they helped, studies have found. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores. And it really matters the quality of the school displaced students end up moving to.
The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland set off months of nationwide lobbying to restrict access to firearms and better protect schools. In Pennsylvania, the tragedy also spurred some action—including a gun-control law and the January launch of the Safe2Say program, allowing students to pass along tips using a website or smartphone app.