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Trump Seeks Shutdown of New School Safety Studies

Two days before the Parkland, Fl., school shooting, the Office of Management and Budget asked Congress to shut down a $50 million federal program funding research on school safety. Criminologists warn ending the program would “detract from efforts to reduce/avoid future school shootings and violence.”

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What Will Make Schools Safer?

The spate of school shootings in recent years, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has prompted Congress to give the Justice Department an unprecedented budget that may reach $150 million to improve school safety. Will all of this spending help reduce school violence? Research shows incidents of school violence are on the rise. Following nearly two decades of steady decline, the number of victims of school violence increased about 10 percent from 2010 to 2012, […]

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Can We Prevent More Newtowns?

Will any serious policy changes result from Friday’s massacre of 20 children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.? If past history is any guide, the sad answer is probably not. Many experts who track the many issues involved conclude that American culture and laws are such that ultimately, such incidents cannot be prevented entirely. There will be serious discussions in the weeks ahead on issues such as school safety, mental health services, and gun […]