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As public schools grow more diverse, school board elections are largely determined by white voters. See more national education news here

| February 4, 2020
As public schools grow more diverse, school board elections are largely determined by white voters. See more national education news here

It’s well known that America’s teachers don’t look much like the country’s students. It turns out that the voters who elect America’s school boards don’t, either.

A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and it’s sizable. Across four states, including California, researchers estimate that school board voters are much whiter and more affluent than the public school student body.

In districts serving mostly students of color, like San Diego and San Francisco, the disparities are particularly striking, nearly 50 percentage points.

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Active shooter drills are scaring kids and may not protect them: Some schools are taking a new approach. See more national education news here

| April 16, 2019
Active shooter drills are scaring kids and may not protect them: Some schools are taking a new approach. See more national education news here

Heidi Lee Pottinger’s 4-year-old son was at a football game last fall with his father when, following a touchdown, celebratory fireworks rocketed into the sky. Panicked by the popping sounds, the little boy turned to his dad.

“Active shooter!” he cried, tears in his eyes.

Pottinger’s son is one of millions of schoolchildren in America who have done active shooter and lockdown drills. The exercises, a legacy of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School rampage, are intended to prepare teachers and students for the rare threat of a gunman opening fire in their school.

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