2-19-18 Education in the News

National Public Radio--How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?

For their parents and teachers, we've put together a quick primer with help from the National Association of School Psychologists and Melissa Reeves, a former NASP president and co-author of its PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum.

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/02/18/586447438/how-to-talk-with-kids-about-terrible-things?j=2992725&e=gscschools@gmail.com&l=46_HTML&u=51976895&mid=6164457&jb=97&utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180218&utm_campaign=&utm_term=

Cory Turner| February 18, 20186:11 AM ET

Star Ledger--This N.J. school district is adding armed police after Florida shooting

In the days since†a school shooting†killed 17 in Florida, repercussions of the tragic event have traveled up the East Coast to New Jersey where many school districts are faced with the challenge of reassuring parents and students that they will be safe on school property.

Across the state, districts have dealt with a spate of false alarms†and threats this week, and school boards†have had to decide on the best course of action to keep their students safe.†

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2018/02/east_brunswick_is_adding_armed_guards_to_their_sch.html#incart_river_index

Olivia Rizzo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted February 17, 2018 at 02:43 PM | Updated February 18, 2018 at 09:10 AM

Star Ledger--See how your high school's graduation rate stacks up against the rest in N.J.

New Jersey's high school graduation rate climbed for the sixth year in a row†last year with 90.5 percent of the state's students earning a diploma, state officials announced Friday.

The graduation rate is at the highest it has been since New Jersey switched to a new method of measuring the rate in 2011, when the graduation rate was 83 percent, according to the data released by the state Department of Education. In 2016, the rate was 90.1 percent.

http://www.nj.com/education/2018/02/njs_graduation_rate_climbs_again_look_up_your_scho.html#incart_river_index

Erin Petenko| Updated Feb 16; Posted Feb 16

Education Week--Parkland Students Want to Know: Will the Shooting at Their School Change Gun Laws?

Parkland, Fla.

Students and community members grieving the largest mass shooting at an American high school express a common sentiment thatís as much a challenge as it is a prediction: Nothing will change.

The prediction: Politicians who right now express sympathy and call for safer schools will follow a familiar pattern after school shootings by letting what happened in the South Florida community fade from the headlines without making meaningful changes to gun laws.

The challenge: Donít let that happen this time.

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/02/16/parkland-students-want-to-know-will-the.html

Evie Blad| February 16, 2018