School Risk

By Carl Southwell | Trends in school-related risk

California bill would relax supervision of sex offenders

<i>Advocates for changes in California's sex offender registration law say it unfairly lumps dangerous criminals with people who pose no threat to</i> …

Southern California

One of 2 girls shot at grade school picnic tells dad, 'We didn't stand a chance'

Emerson Hart was in Michigan City, Ind., when he was told only that his 13-year-old daughter, Dakayla, was hurt and in the hospital.<p>He didn't know she and another girl, 7, had been shot while at an elementary school picnic on the South Side on Friday afternoon, she in the hand and the younger girl …

Chicago

California school student pricks schoolmates with needle

FREMONT, Calif. — A San Francisco Bay Area school district advised the families of 14 elementary school students to take their kids to doctors after …

Minneapolis

Harvard withdraws 10 acceptances for ‘offensive’ memes in private group chat

The Facebook messaging group was at one point titled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens.”<p>It began when about 100 members of Harvard College’s incoming freshman class contacted each other through the university’s official Class of 2021 Facebook group. They created a messaging group where …

Harvard Crimson

California School at Risk of Earthquake Damage Closing

Darian Somers | March 23, 2017<p>When it comes to safety, these states have low rates of both violent and property crime.<p>Casey Leins | April 25, …

Johnson & Johnson

California's State Board of Education votes to close 2 Celerity charter schools

California’s State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to shutter two Los Angeles charter schools run by a nonprofit that is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education and the inspector general for the Los Angeles Unified School District.<p>Some parents and teachers at the …

Superintendent: Bus driver evacuated 56 students in less than a minute during fire

breaking<p>Updated:Wednesday, May 10 2017 6:33 AM EDT2017-05-10 10:33:43 GMT<p>Power lines are down on Folly Road, Charleston County dispatchers say. Lanes …

Officials: Principal did alert bosses about teacher, student relationship

Charleston County School District officials did an about-face last week and acknowledged that a magnet school principal took steps last year to …

Crime
Policing

President of Buena Park School District arrested on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography

The president of the Buena Park School District Board has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking in child pornography, Fontana police said Thursday.<p>Dennis Brian Chambers, 50, was allegedly found with thousands of pornographic videos and images of children on an electronic storage device after …

Crime

California’s kindergarten vaccination rates hit new high

SACRAMENTO – A controversial 2015 state law requiring almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated to attend public or private school …

Group Wants Processed Meat Banned At Two California School Districts

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An advocacy group sued the Los Angeles school district for serving hot dogs and other processed meats to students, arguing that …

Eight Steps to Rewrite the Special Education Script

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act entitles students to a better education than they often receive, writes Brent Betit.

Education

Will Cameras in Special Education Classrooms Protect Students?

6:17<p>To help prevent students with disabilities from being abused at school, Texas now requires cameras in special education classrooms upon request. …

Better locker rooms: It's not just a transgender thing

Several cases working their way through the legal system have placed a national spotlight on the issue of transgender access to bathrooms. While some …

Parents See Benefits in Spec. Ed. Vouchers, But No Silver Bullet

For students with disabilities, vouchers can help open the door to private school attendance, but they come with trade-offs, including the loss of …

Education

School bus routes are expensive and hard to plan. We calculated a better way

Here’s a math problem even the brightest school districts struggle to solve: getting hordes of elementary, middle and high school students onto buses …

A-F School Rankings Draw Local Pushback

Critics, including some local superintendents, call a method adopted by at least 18 states simplistic, while backers see it as transparent and easy …

Education

Do licensure exams help school districts pick good principals?

A licensure exam that educators in many states must pass to become school principals may not be an effective way to predict job performance, a new …

Why artificial turf may truly be bad for kids

If you want to get a soccer mom’s attention, bring up the subject of artificial turf, the preferred playing surface for children from pre-K to …

California high school turns $15,000 investment in Snap Inc. into $24 million

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s an only in Silicon Valley kind of story: A well-to-do private Catholic high school makes a $15,000 investment five years ago in …

Venture Capital

California school district will no longer take part in funeral processions for Navy SEALs, sailors

A Southern California school district will stop taking part in funeral processions for U.S. sailors and Navy SEALs killed overseas, which have drawn thousands of students.<p>The Coronado Unified School District and the Navy agreed on the move out of concern for children with parents serving overseas, …

Education
Crime

California law keeps Communist Party members from teaching

California's schools are, in many cases, a child's first exposure to people different than their family members.<p>They might speak different languages, …

‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System

Tucked among posh gated communities, and meticulously landscaped shopping centers, Olympia High School in Orlando offers more than two dozen Advanced …

Updates: New storms approach, but officials confident Oroville Dam and spillways will hold up

The rain has started to return in Northern California and will continue over the next few days, but officials aren't as concerned about the upcoming weather so much as the damage already done to the Oroville Dam's already compromised main spillway.<p>The risk of flooding has dropped substantially, but …

How robots could help chronically ill kids attend school

Over the past century, American schools have integrated an ever-more-diverse group of students. Racial integration is most prominent, but it’s not …