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Title: Safe Schools in the Context of School Improvement

Description: Schools are confronted with a host of complicated problems, such as ensuring safety and ameliorating learning, behavior, and emotional problems. Viewed individually, such problems are challenging; together they can be overwhelming. Given that many problems experienced by students arise from the same underlying causes, it makes sense not to consider each one separately. Indeed, various policy and practice analyses indicate that it is untenable to do so. If schools are to be good and safe places, the agenda for school safety must be combined with other efforts to address the variety of factors that interfere with a school accomplishing its mission. And, all such efforts must be embedded in the larger agenda for school improvement. Unfortunately, this generally is not the case.

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/publications/safe%20schools%20in%20the%20context%20of%20school%20improvement.pdf  270kb; 9pp