Tag: Stephen Simpson

School threats and the toll on students, potential solutions, the politics of teacher raises and more

The toll of school threats: False school threats have become so commonplace that the lockdowns they provoke often can get overlooked by most people in a community…

Addressing school violence: Lawmakers and educators are responding to recently published reports of threats to schools from emotionally unstable students with a variety of possible solutions. Among them: revising laws that protect disabled students but also restrict the ability of school officials to deal with threats they pose, improving mental services in schools and integrating them with family counseling, training teachers on ways to better handle special-needs students, improving tracking of violent students and boosting spending to support disruptive students and provide the therapy they need…

Politics and teacher raises: Gov. Ron DeSantis has called 2020 the year of the teacher in Florida, is proposing to raise pay for starting teachers and wants a new bonus program. Florida is buzzing about the moves, and they’re attracting attention nationally. But what can actually get done? Legislators are pointing at the sheer cost — more than $900 million — and equity issues as serious obstacles to DeSantis’ plans…