Michigan Senate Approves Cyberbullying Ban

Michigan Senate Approves Cyberbullying BanThe Michigan House of Representatives hasn’t given civil rights advocates much to smile about recently. But the Michigan Senate has just passed a bill that would, if approved by the house, strengthen protections for students against cyberbullying and hold schools accountable. (more…)

Is There a Right to Education?

Do Michigan students have a right to education?Do Michigan students have a right to education? Top students’ rights advocates have taken on this important issue, but earlier this month, their efforts hit a road block. (more…)

Ferndale Schools Close Digital Learning Center over Gun Incident

Gun Incident Closes Ferndale Digital Learning CenterIt may be easy to tune out school violence on the news, but when it happens in your own back yard it can become impossible to ignore. For the Ferndale School District, a recent near miss has sent a clear message. On November 7, 2014, the district announced it would close its Digital Learning Center.

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Teens Suspended for Homecoming Airsoft Photo

Students Suspended for AirSoft Homecoming Photo

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Has America become so super-sensitized to school shootings that the words gun and school can’t be safely used together? This may sound like an overstatement, but recently 2 teens were suspended for pairing AirSoft pellet guns with the word “Homecoming 2014.” But did the school go too far? (more…)

It Takes a Village To Keep Kids In School

To Keep Kids in School, Look at HomePoliticians and educators have been trying to keep students from dropping out for years. Now a study from Johns Hopkins University suggests we need to focus outside the classroom to keep kids in. (more…)

What Teachers Can Do To Reduce Suspensions

What can teachers do to improve discipline?School has started here in Michigan, and teachers are facing a whole new set of students, problems, and disciplinary challenges. But is there anything teachers can do to cut down on the number of suspensions handed out by their district? (more…)

Student Arrested For Writing About Shooting a Dinosaur

Student Arrested for creative writing assignment about shooting a dinosaurThe school year has just started down in Summerville South Carolina, but the questionable student arrests have already begun. The local high school had a 16 year old arrested for writing about shooting his neighbor’s dinosaur in a class assignment. (more…)

Why “Boys Will Be Boys” Doesn’t Answer Bullying

Bullying pushes another student to suicide.It happened again: a middle-school boy committed suicide after being bullied at school. Even though the boy faced repeated abuse, one teacher’s response was simply “boys will be boys.” But that kind of attitude does nothing to give our children the protection they deserve under the law. (more…)

Student Suspended For 2 Word Tweet

Student Suspended for 2 Word TweetStudents being suspended for their online behavior is nothing new, but a Massachusetts school district has taken discipline for Internet speech to the extreme by suspending and threatening to expel a student for a 2-word tweet: “Actually yeah.” (more…)

What Every Student Needs To Know About Preventing Sexual Violence

public schools need students' help to prevent sexual violence

Students have a right to be protected from sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence in school and out. But for the schools to do their job under federal law, they need to hear from the victims and witnesses of sexual violence. If you or someone you know has been involved in one of these situations, here are X things you need to know: (more…)