Locker searches are common occurrences in American public schools. The use of locker searches has proliferated in recent years due to continuing threats of drugs and violence.
All demographers have noted that the United States is clearly experiencing a high growth in students who are English language learners (ELLs).
One of the key mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is that all students with disabilities are to be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE).
Ever since the first kindergartens opened in the United States in the mid-1800s, discussions about the right to kindergarten, principles for kindergarten entry and eligibility, and what should be taught in kindergarten have taken place in most jurisdictions.
Juvenile courts are courts of limited jurisdiction created by states to work with children and their families in cases of the delinquent behavior of juveniles.
Inclusion refers to the practice whereby students with disabilities are enrolled in general education classes and receive any needed special education services within that setting.
Homeschooling is the broad term used for describing the education of school-aged persons at home rather than in the public or private education systems.
Estimates suggest that as many as 760,000 Americans are homeless on any given night and up to 2 million experience homelessness each year, among them many children in need of an education.
Hazing has been an integral part of student life on college and university campuses for more than 100 years in the United States.
Graduation is typically the closing chapter in any student educational enterprise.
The issuance of formal grades or other forms of assessment of student performance is a time-honored practice designed to offer formative and summative feedback to students and their parents.
Few areas of education are as controversial as gifted education. Programs for children who are gifted have been present in varying forms for many years.
A gang, essentially, is a group of two or more people whose primary purposes include the commission of illegal and/or violent acts, usually designed to mark territory and preserve a sense of belonging and protection in a geographical area.
There has always been a fundamental tension between public school students and educational authorities in determining the parameters of acceptable student behavior.
Extracurricular activities fall outside of a school’s academic curriculum. Participation by students is voluntary. Extracurricular activities are not a student right, but a privilege.
School dress codes have their origins in English private schools but only recently became common in American public schools.
Because the Dominion of Canada initially included separate areas with English-speaking and Frenchspeaking majorities, constitutional legal protections were provided for denominational schools as a safeguard for minority-religion schools.
Cyberbullying generally encompasses any kind of harassing or bullying conduct that occurs through electronic communication channels or devices, including e-mail, Web pages, blogs, online video sharing sites, social networking services, cell phones, and camcorders.
In the mid-1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of educators to use corporal punishment to foster discipline in the public schools.
The development of the Internet accelerated the impact of technology on the services and information that schools and libraries provide to students and patrons.
In 2005, more than 3.3 million reports of suspected child abuse or neglect were reported to state child protection agencies in the United States.