Technological School Safety Initiatives: Considerations to Protect All Students

Researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Brennan Center for Justice have recently published an important brief for education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers working on issues related to school safety. The original with research-linked endnotes can be downloaded by clicking here or on the title below. The text is provided in full…

Red Flags Known and Overlooked With State Board Votes On San José Charter Schools

Update [October 1st, 2019): The California State Department of Education has issued a letter revoking authorization for the opening of the Promise Academy Charter School. The red flags indicated below were known at the time of the granting of the charter. For news coverage of the charter school’s failure to open, see here.  The school’s…

Legislators Informed of Hazards and Opposition to #SB649: Will Your Officials Vote With The People Or With The Telecom Industry?

Update as of October 15, 2017: Governor Brown has vetoed SB649. Here is a link to the official notice and a screenshot of the letter below. See more below. [Update as of October 1st, 2017] The Telecom lobby has muscled its way to push legislative votes on SB649 with Governor Brown holding the final decision to…

Scientists Raise Concerns about Testing and EdTech. How Will The U.S. Department of Education Respond?

On Tuesday, January 19th, the U.S. Department of Education held a Public Hearing at UCLA to gather comments for transition to the new ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act.  Approximately eighty speakers from a variety of educational institutions and organizations made statements and recommendations related to the new law.  Each speaker had five minutes to comment.…

Resources to #RethinkDiscipline and Strengthen School Climate

Please find below new updates, research, and resources for strengthening school climate, eliminating discipline disparities, and supporting social and emotional learning in schools. The full collections are available at http://bit.ly/safe_schools_resources and http://bit.ly/SEL_Resources. The following posts may also be accessed by clicking the corresponding image. Picture above is from the Restorative Schools Vision Project. “In this new documentary from Coleman Advocates (http://colemanadvocates.org), director…