News and Events: Conditions for Learning

School Police Under Greater Focus

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

A new law that encourages alternatives to police involvement in school discipline matters was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week, just days after the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $44 million to beef up the number of police officers in schools nationwide, including California.

Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime


In a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Robert L. Listenbee, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, discussed priorities for the Office, which include supporting research and programs that promote the safety and wellbeing of the nation’s youth. He spoke about the importance of adopting a trauma-informed approach for treating children exposed to violence and a developmental approach to juvenile justice. He also discussed federal efforts to staunch the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

New Focus on School Climate in Massive Student Survey


The California Healthy Kids Survey – a massive survey of student behavior and a key resource for schools – has unveiled extensive revisions that put a stronger focus on students’ emotional health. The change reflects a growing interest among educators in school climate, a broad term that includes whether students and teachers feel supported and engaged, both socially and academically.

Survey Results Released on States’ School Disciplinary Data

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

As part of its School Discipline Consensus Project, the CSG Justice Center is releasing the results of a survey that examines what school discipline data state education agencies (SEAs) collect and make easily available to the public. In partnership with the UCLA Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies, the Justice Center reviewed the websites of each SEA, which typically provide extensive information about school and student performance. 

Youth more likely to be bullied at schools with anti-bullying programs, UT Arlington researcher finds

Medical News Today

Anti-bullying initiatives have become standard at schools across the country, but a new UT Arlington study finds that students attending those schools may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs. 

Study Bolsters Argument Linking Graduation Rates to Cutting Crime

Las Vegas Sun

Nevada could save $215 million annually in crime-fighting costs if it could raise its male high school graduation rate by 5 percentage points, according to a new report released today. The report reaffirms the concept of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a cycle where disadvantaged students drop out of low-performing schools, turn to a life of crime and end up behind bars.

Beyond 'Zero Tolerance': A Pragmatic Approach to Teen Drug Education and School Discipline

Huffington Post

To ensure health and safety, high schools must have rules that prohibit the use of alcohol or other drugs on campus. Yet the 2011 California Student Survey found that in any 30-day period, almost 12 percent of students in both 9th and 11th grade admit to having used drugs at least once on campus -- that's one out of every eight students. Although there is variability in administrative responses, suspension or expulsion tends to be the norm.

'Growth Mindset' Gaining Traction as School Improvement Strategy

Education Week

Carol Dweck, her colleagues, and other researchers have found in dozens of studies that students with a growth mindset improve more in academics and other skills, and can even be less aggressive and more socially engaged.  Many states are now incorporating growth mindset and student-growth measures into accountability systems as they overhaul their curricula to match the Common Core State Standards.

Students, Parents, Educators & Advocates Present a New Vision for School Safety in NYC Public Schools

New York Civil Liberties Union

The Student Safety Coalition, a diverse group of educators, parents, students, advocates and legal experts, today called on New York City’s next mayor to implement reforms to end overly aggressive policing in the city schools and restore authority over school discipline to professional educators.

CA Bills Address School Discipline to Narrow Racial Achievement Gap

Eastern Group Publications

What accounts for the achievement gap between minority and white students? Researchers have long looked at economic differences as a key factor, but lately the role of school discipline policies has been getting more attention. Some lawmakers in California have proposed three bills focused on school climate as a way to narrow the achievement gap.

In Chicago, Campaign to Provide Safe Passage on Way to School

The New York Times

The first day of school in one neighborhood on this city’s far South Side brought a parade of security workers in neon vests, police officers on patrol, an idling city fire truck and, briefly, a police helicopter hovering above. All this to make sure that students from a shuttered elementary school could make it safely past abandoned lots, boarded-up houses and gang territory to get to their new school less than a half-mile away.

8th Annual National School Safety Conference

In addition to an outstanding lineup of nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, the conference staff will include an additional 30+ breakout sessions that attendees can pick and choose from ranging from topics such as: Bullying & the link to School Shooters, Mental Health, Trauma and Violence, Critical incident Planning & Assessments, Technology & School Safety, Current Drugs, Alcohol and Violence Trends among Youth and will feature national town-hall meeting on school/youth violence.

Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan Announce Effort to Respond to School-to-Prison Pipeline by Supporting Good Discipline Practices

The United States Department of Justice

Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the launch of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, a collaborative project between the Departments of Justice and Education that will address the “school-to-prison pipeline” and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system. The initiative aims to support good discipline practices to foster safe and productive learning environments in every classroom.