Not long ago, security concerns for most schools involved student conflicts, vandalism, theft and liability — now the foremost concern is life safety.
Domestic terrorism has become a major motivator for improving the security of school districts in the US. Increasing outbreaks of active shooter and other security incidents in recent years have prompted parents, administrators and law enforcement to take a hard look at improving campus safety.
According to EveryTown Research, since 2013 there have been more than 300 school shootings in the US — an average of about one per week. A recent article published by Campus Safety Magazine states that nearly all US schools now have planned responses in the event of a school shooting.
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Every school is an investment in the future. Schools have the unique opportunity to nurture young minds and support a stable, sustainable future for the world around us in a multitude of ways. For students, green schools present an opportunity to learn how to lead healthier and more sustainable lives now and in the future.
How do you get sustainability in your school to stick? The Whole School Sustainability framework, a resource from the Center for Green Schools, can help guide you. Within this framework, there are “the three pillars of a green school” — which measures success in sustainability and helps to make these efforts stick.
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At the heart of every school is the desire to help students thrive. This desire requires support from teachers, faculty members, families, communities and even school buildings.
A green school is about more than curriculum, more than programming and more than bricks and mortar. It’s a school that not only sets students up for success, but also supports global sustainability. A green school begins with the future in mind, designing a learning experience that will prepare students to lead their communities toward a healthier and cleaner future.
A shimmering 18-foot-tall Firebird sculpture greets visitors to The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Its reflective mirrors, glass and specks of color move with the surroundings: traffic, trees, buildings and pedestrians. The phoenix-like piece by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle offers a playful introduction to the one-of-a-kind collection waiting inside the museum. The building itself is only the second in this country designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Botta is considered one of the world’s foremost architects whose career spans a variety of building types. He has only accepted two commissions in the United States: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Intimate in scale, delightfully arresting in its spaces and vistas and simple and elegant in its materials, the Bechtler is a jewel of a museum. The museum building is a square terra cotta tile-covered box with a cantilevered fourth-floor gallery hanging over a plaza with a column in the middle. An interior atrium creates a light-filled space inside.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s standing on teacher pay keeps improving compared to other states. The National Education Association released on Tuesday its annual teacher salary rankings. The data show North Carolina ranked 34th in average teacher pay during the 2017-18 school year at more than $51,200, compared to 38th the year before.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill that would define anti-Semitism under Florida law and prohibit religion-based discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit speech that makes dehumanizing or stereotypical allegations about the Jewish community, or that compares contemporary Israeli policies to those of Nazi Germany.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ push to give Louisiana public schoolteachers a pay raise and school districts their first spending increase in years won support Tuesday from the state’s top school board. Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education backed the K-12 public school financing formula proposed by the Democratic governor for the 2019-20 school year. A final vote will come Wednesday. Then, the formula will move to state lawmakers for consideration.
MONROE, La. (AP) — A new coalition is providing athletic shoes for 40 children at one Louisiana elementary school. Members learned that children were coming to the office at Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe, crying because their shoes were too small and hurt their feet, or were falling apart, LSU AgCenter nutrition agent Markaye Russell said in a news release Friday. Those problems made it hard for the children to participate in physical education classes or run and play at recess, she said. Physical activity lowers the risk of obesity, which is a big problem in Louisiana.
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