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- A bill (H.R. 4313) introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) would authorize $75 million in grants to be allocated to public schools to establish programs to stop harassment based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, family composition, or economic circumstances.

No Child Left Unsafe

- Find out how the Newark, New Jersey, School District protects students, staff, and visitors at its 82 schools.

Schools Graded on Crisis Preparedness


Diploma mills

- Yes, there really is a company operating on the Internet as Degrees-R-Us, and GAO auditors purchased bogus degrees from a fictitious university from the company, according to Robert J. Cramer, who testified before the House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce. The GAO also set up its own diploma mill and was able to obtain certification from the Department of Education to enroll in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Finally, GAO auditors determined that some senior-level federal employees have obtained degrees from diploma mills, though specific numbers couldn't be determined.

School drug testing

- A June 2002 opinion by the Supreme Court granted public schools more leeway to test students for drugs randomly. How to do it appropriately was left to the schools. To aid the effort, the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has finally released a guidance document to school administrators.

Keys to Learning

- A Long Island school system updates access control lock, stock, and barrel.

School crime

- Forget the Mayberry stereotype. The latest data show that the percentage of students at rural schools that reported being bullied in 2003 (10 percent) was greater than at urban and suburban schools (seven percent each). And that difference has doubled since 1999, according to the 2004 edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety, a publication of the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.



Did You Know That?

- Prevention instead of response has seen only limited use on campuses. Fifty-six percent of the 90 college and university security directors surveyed by FJC Security Services Inc. characterize their campus security in regard to terrorism as "response mode." Yet 83 percent said that their security officers had received training "specific to preventing, deterring, and responding" to acts of terrorism.

Incident reporting.

- Contending with bad breath and nervous patients, dentists and hygienists have plenty of challenges. One university is also training them to stop abuse by reporting broken jaws and suspiciously chipped teeth—signs of family violence. Because 60 percent of abuse cases involve head and neck injuries, which dental professionals are uniquely suited to identify, the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry and the Program Against Sexual Violence created a training program to deal with patients affected by family violence. The program discusses the dynamics of abuse, teaches dental students and professionals how to intervene in and report violence, and shows how to identify community service providers and establish office protocols.A report by the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime indicates that the training “made a significant, positive impact in teaching dental professionals how to identify and report cases of abuse.” The report urges that this training be integrated into dental schools, dental hygiene programs, and dental associations. Read it on SM Online.

When Dorms Get Too Warm

- College students are many things, but cautious isn’t usually one of them. And when the emotional tinder swirling in young adults mixes with physical tinder, such as paper and cheap furniture, in population-dense dorms, the combination can be highly combustible. That may be one of the reasons why about 1,300 fires occur in U.S. college and university dormitories every year. Unfortunately, in most dorm fires, no automatic sprinkler system is there to douse the flames.As part of a U.S. Fire Administration initiative to improve fire safety in college housing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted fire experiments in abandoned dorm rooms in Arkansas. Link to NIST via SM Online to get the free DVD .

Fighting Diploma Mills By Degrees

- Surely you’ve heard of the University of Berkeley, Hamilton University, St. Regis University, and the American University of London. Or have you? In fact, these schools are suspected “diploma mills”—colleges and universities offering worthless degrees that require no work. They use familiar sounding names intended to make prospective employers mistake them for real institutions, such as the University of California at Berkeley, Hamilton College, Regis University, and the American University in London. The problem came to the fore when it was found that many government workers, including staff in the Department of Homeland Security, had these phony credentials, prompting Congress to hold a series of hearings.

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