Try this at home: How equitable is your high school?

Earlier this week, the Department of Education released data compiled through its Civil Rights Data Collection program. For the first time since 2000, every public school in the country was surveyed, and for the first time ever, the results of the survey are being made public in a searchable database.The database has the potential to be a great resource for student journalists who want to learn more about their schools.

Reforming the school-to-prison pipeline: How high school journalists can localize America’s biggest education story

A Florida student playfully throws a lollipop at his friend on the school bus -- and gets dragged off to jail on a battery charge.

Ohio schools withhold gun statistics, citing FERPA privacy

The public can’t find out how many times students are caught bringing guns into Ohio schools, or how those incidents are punished, because the Ohio Department of Education claims FERPA requires withholding those statistics, the Columbus Dispatch reported Dec. 10. According to the Dispatch, the Ohio DOE insists that reporting the number of gun-discipline cases… Continue reading Ohio schools withhold gun statistics, citing FERPA privacy

While you were taking a holiday, so did the Bill of Rights and government transparency

Over the weekend, quite a few stories involving student rights caught our eye. In case you missed them over the long holiday, here's everything you need to know:

  • In New York, a high school senior was suspended after he started a hashtag for students to discuss the school district's budget, which failed to get voter approval last week.