American School Board Journal

After It All Falls Apart

Schools hit by disasters face mental health challenges

Glenn Cook

Over the past several months, J.R. “Rusty” Norman has become used to crowds and a large media presence at school board meetings. But with classes back in session and a routine business agenda on tap, he thought the board might catch a break at its second meeting of the new school year.

ASBJ - December 2018

Mental health is the focus of our final issue of 2018. In “After It All Falls Apart,” writer Glenn Cook travels to Santa Fe, Texas, to find out how the schools and community are coping after experiencing the one-two punch of a natural disaster and school shooting.

We Recruit Students: A Case Study for Public Schools 

Traditional public schools are falling short on students. Gone are the days when public schools could sit back and wait for students to show up on the first day of class. Over the last 10 years, enrollment in charter schools has tripled. In this era of school choice, educators have to become proactive marketers to recruit, retain, and reclaim students for their public school. It's time for public schools to compete. 

President’s Perspective: No Rhyme or Reason

Not everything in life is logical, nor does everything come with a reasonable explanation. Did you know that it’s illegal to discharge a catapult in Colorado? Or that in Indiana, all black cats must wear bells around their necks on Friday the 13th? Snowball throwing isn’t allowed in Topeka, Kansas. And, in the city of Gainesville, Georgia, it’s illegal to eat fried chicken with anything other than your fingers. While there are likely some interesting or perhaps amusing stories behind these laws, they are nevertheless in place and enforceable.

Tom On Point: Ready for what after high school?

Pop quiz: Should all high school graduates be “college and career ready”? If yes, what does that often-used phrase mean, exactly? Certainly, we can agree that students need to be exposed to a rigorous, challenging curriculum. And, we can celebrate the fact that instructional standards have been raised significantly, and that public schools now are educating more students to a higher level-—and graduating more of them—than ever before. Good news, indeed.

From the Editor: White privilege

White privilege. It’s a term that evokes a visceral reaction. Maybe it’s the word privilege that trips us up. It conjures up manor houses, private jets, and servants with white gloves. Certainly not the experiences of most of us.

Equity: A Place at the Table

Critical Care

New column will feature voices of educational equity

Verjeana Jacobs


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