As Connecticut moves toward those tough new gun laws, the National Rifle Association unveiled its own plan today to make schools safer. The gun rights group had promised such a plan last December, just a week after the Newtown massacre.
As NPR's Peter Overby reports, the NRA's proposal, dubbed National School Shield, would put at least one armed guard in every school.
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The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he doesn't plan to grant a hearing to a bill that would give school districts the option of allowing armed teachers in public school classrooms.
Bartlesville Republican Sen. John Ford told The Associated Press on Monday he has no plans to hear the bill in his committee this session. This week is the deadline for the bill to be granted a Senate committee hearing. The bill could still be reassigned to another committee, but Ford says he doesn't expect that will happen.
Audie Cornish talks to Caroline Hoxby, an economics professor at Stanford University, about her study on expanding college opportunities for low-income students. They discuss how providing low-income applicants with more information about selective college can improve application and acceptance rates.
Four Norman High School students have been taken to a Norman hospital after apparently taking prescription drugs at the school.
District spokeswoman Shelly Hickman says the students appeared under the influence of drugs late Monday morning. She said they did not appear to be in a life-threatening condition and were taken to Norman Regional Hospital as a precaution.
Many political leaders say the solution for failing school systems is a takeover. But can mayors, governors or other government leaders actually fix broken schools? Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the expectations and consequences of school takeovers with Emily Richmond of the National Education Writers Association.
And now we'll turn from New Jersey to Detroit, where tensions are really building around the public school system there. The U.S. Department of Education is looking into whether recent school closures have disproportionately hurt black and Latino students. Also, an emergency financial manager is shaking things up at Detroit Public Schools after getting some new authority from the state.
Here to explain is Jerome Vaughn, news director at member station WDET in Detroit. Welcome back, Jerome.
"Statewide, 5,375 third graders, or 11 percent, scored last spring at the lowest level on the reading exam, according to state data. In the largest district, Oklahoma City Public Schools, 22 percent scored at the bottom; in Tulsa Public Schools, 25 percent did. More than four-fifths of students in both districts are low-income."
Among thousands of Oklahoma students who could be held back in third grade for failing a state reading test next year, a disproportionate share will likely be low-income children, an Oklahoma Watch analysis of state data found. Most could be boys.