In 2013, Las Cruces High School in New Mexico created a training video to teach students how to perform a "lockdown" drill.

In the video, the teacher turns off the lights, locks the door, and places a black strip of paper over the door's window. The students close the blinds and huddle on the floor, away from the windows and the door.


Two national education advocacy groups say Ohio could be doing better when it comes to its annual school report cards. Both groups say they’re too complicated.

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Columbus City Schools raised about $21 million when it sold some of its’ valuable land near downtown at an auction Tuesday.  

After gunman Kevin Janson Neal killed his wife and then two neighbors Tuesday morning he headed for Rancho Tehama Elementary School, weapons in hand.

It was just before 8 a.m. when teachers heard the crackle of gunfire in the small, rural town of Rancho Tehama, in Northern California. The elementary school — with about 100 students and 9 staff — immediately went on lockdown.

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Lauren Greenspan leads three students through Lancaster High School’s noisy hallways to an inconspicuous building next to the main school.


More than half of Ohio’s schools ring their first bell before 8 a.m. But a new study shows, if that time was pushed back by as much as half an hour, it could make a positive impact on the state’s economy. 

Previous studies have shown when school starts later, students will see both academic and health benefits from the extra sleep over the course of their academic careers. But a new study from the Rand Corporation, an international think tank, says there are economic benefits as well.

"I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." That's harsh language from the downtrodden sixth-grade narrator of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, a blockbuster series of graphic novels.

But it speaks to a broader truth.

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A state senator says at some point enough is enough when it comes to bullying in schools. She’s introducing a bill that would make it possible to file charges against a bully after several warnings.

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Just after Columbus City Schools had to release students early because of high temperatures and lack of air-conditioning – for two days in a row – the district's superintendent joined Senator Sherrod Brown to promote the School Building Improvement Act.

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Ohio’s latest school report cards are out, and the state says achievement is increasing across all subjects and subgroups, with graduation rates also improving. But there are mixed grades for individual districts, and mostly bad ones for charter schools.