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What's a "Zero Tolerance" Policy?
Schools across the US have "zero tolerance" policies. You'll find them in elementary schools, high schools and colleges and universities. They're supposed to make the schools safe learning environments by keeping weapons and drugs out of them. As some recent events show, however, perhaps they go too ... Read more

Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline
A kindergartener was handcuffed for throwing a temper tantrum. A student was arrested for throwing an eraser. These are just a couple of examples of an alarming trend in schools across the country of treating childish misbehavior as criminal misconduct. Civil right groups call this the "school to prison ... Read more

Students and Cell Phones? You Make the Call
Literally, cell phones are everywhere. You see them - and maybe even use them - in your car, at restaurants, your child's little league game, maybe even the restroom! The problem, for some at least, is that they're also in schools with our children. The question is, and has been for several years, do ... Read more

Students Use Beta Blockers To Make the Grade
Crib notes and even text messaging may be extinct when it comes to cheating in school. Students have discovered a new and technically legal way to get a "little help" in and out of the classroom. Beta Blockers Some students have discovered the "benefits" of beta blockers. These are prescription drugs ... Read more

Teachers Can Be Bullies, Too
For about nine months out of the year, most children are in school for several hours a day, five days a week. It's a long time, and most parents don't think twice about trusting their child's safety and well-being to school staff, especially teachers. Unfortunately, that trust is sometimes misplaced ... Read more

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Transgender: CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

I recognize that I am sticking my foot in a hornet’s nest by daring to write an article about this subject. Sides have been taken, and both sides are polarized and ready for a legal battle. This ... Read more

Policies and Procedures Related to Cameras in Special Education Classrooms

Texas Senate Bill 507,1 codified as Texas Education Code section 29.022, was enacted to promote student safety by requiring schools to install video cameras in certain special education classrooms.2 S ... Read more

Springtime Emergency Preparedness

It’s springtime and it’s Texas. Bonds are passing and storms are brewing. Minds are turning to the construction of new projects, but you cannot forget that you still need to protect the ol ... Read more

New Overtime Rules Closer to Reality – Or Are They?

On March 14, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its final changes to proposed revisions to the rules that determine which employees are exempt f ... Read more

Aides (and Others) are Certified, Too!

TEA’s division of Educator Certification and Standards is aggressively pursuing possible certificate sanctions against superintendents who, for whatever reason, have failed to notify the Agency ... Read more

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