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School Issues: School Safety

Central Research Question: How can we keep schools safe?

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Articles with Reading Levels: 5.0-5.9
Grade 6
Articles with Reading Levels: 6.0-6.9

Article Name: Opinion: Young People Are Excited to Get Out and Vote
Source: Washington Post via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 610)
Author: John Della Volpe
Date Published: November 2, 2018
Guiding Question: How is school safety impacting student voters? 
Grade Level: 5.1

Article Name: Struggle During Classroom Arrest Fuels Debate about Discipline in Schools
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 850)
Author: Matt Pearce and Sonali Kohli
Date Published: October 30, 2015
Guiding Question: What is the best way to keep schools safe?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Computer Technology Tracks Students in Schools
Source: via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 870)
Author: Jeffrey Stinson
Date Published: November 12, 2014
Guiding Question: Does using technology to track students’ whereabouts violate their privacy?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Guns Shouldn’t Be in Georgia Schools, Even Among Staff, Teachers Say
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 800)
Author: Kathleen Foody 
Date Published: July 10, 2014
Guiding Question: What are the risks of giving teachers guns?
Grade Level: 5.0

Article Name: Students Vote: High School Students Weigh in on Gun Laws
Source:  Newsela (Version 860)
Author: Shayna Orens
Date Published: March 23, 2018 
Guiding Question: How do students feel about tougher gun laws? 
Grade Level: 6.6

Article Name: Head-Injury Program Protects High School Athletes, Group Says 
Source:  Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 750)
Author: Roger Schneider
Date Published: September 15, 2016 
Guiding Question: How does baseline testing help keep student athletes safe?
Grade Level: 6.4

Article Name: School Sports Make More Safety Rules to Stop Serious Injuries of Illnesses
Source:  Stateline via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 720)
Author: Michael Ollove
Date Published: October 16, 2014
Guiding Question: How can student athletes stay safe while playing sports?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Program that Arms School Police with Military Rifles Comes Under Criticism
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 980)
Author: Janel Davis and Eric Stirgus
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Guiding Question: What is the best way to keep schools safe?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Dispute Over Mental Health Screening in Schools
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 910)
Author: Kelli Kennedy
Date Published: January 17, 2014
Guiding Question: Can paying more attention to mental health help prevent violence in schools?
Grade Level: 6.0

Article Name: Schools Should Send Students to the Principal, Not the Police
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1010)
Author: Kimberly Hefling
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Guiding Question: Do some school discipline policies unfairly target minority students?
Grade Level: 6.0

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Article Name: New Safety Rules Will Make Going Back to School Feel Different 
Source: Miami Herald via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 600)
Author: Colleen Wright 
Date Published: August 13, 2018
Guiding Question: What are some schools doing to make their students safer? 
Grade Level: 4.7

Article Name: More States Are Talking About Having Seat Belts on School Buses 
Source: Stateline via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 570)
Author: Jenni Bergal
Date Published: March 16, 2017
Guiding Question: Do school buses need seatbelts to keep kids safe?
Grade Level: 4.3

Article Name: Kids Walking to School in Chicago Stay Safe
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 710)
Author: Don Babwin
Date Published: September 4, 2014
Guiding Question: How is Chicago working to keep students safe?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: Head Injuries Should be Taken Seriously When Student Athletes Get Hurt
Source: Los Angeles Times via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 740)
Author: Melissa Healy
Date Published: June 4, 2014
Guiding Question: Are student athletes who get injured putting their futures at stake?
Grade Level: 4.0

Article Name: President Trump May Want Teachers to be Able to Carry Guns in Schools 
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 890) 
Author: Carolyn Thompson
Date Published: February 26, 2018
Guiding Question: How do people feel about arming teachers with guns?
Grade Level: 7.4

Article Name: The School Gun Debate Rages On
Source: Education Dive 
Author: Amelia Harper 
Date Published: September 17, 2017
Guiding Question: Why do some people want school workers to have guns?
Grade Level: 9.6

Article Name: ‘Uplifting each other’: All-boys Ron Brown High is coming together in debut year
Source: Washington Post
Author: Joe Heim
Date Published: February 19, 2017
Guiding Question: How does a morning period of reflection and affirmation help transform school into a safe space?
Grade Level: 9.5

Article Name: Rethinking Aggressive Discipline in Los Angeles Schools
Source: Associated Press via Newsela (Ed. Newsela staff. Version 1080)
Author: Matt Hamilton
Date Published: August 25, 2014
Guiding Question: What is the best way to discipline students?
Grade Level: 7.0