American School Board Journal

Generation Why

Students find their voice in the wake of tragedy

Story and photos by Glenn Cook

On Valentine’s Day, Lucy Calderon and Cameron Daniel saw how a “close-to-home story” could take on a much larger scale. That’s when a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire, killing 14 students and three teachers in just 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

ASBJ - June 2018

In February, 17 students died in at their high school in Parkland, Florida, in the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook. Outraged, the Parkland survivors started a movement that spurred student walkouts and protests all over the country.

Online only: Beyond ESSA: How to Do More with Required Reporting

Michael English, CEO, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

The deadline has passed for states to submit final Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. Now it’s up to school districts to figure out how to capture and report data about student performance to meet the new requirements. While the additional reporting can seem like a burden, buried in that task is a wonderful opportunity to boost strategic decision-making capabilities. School administrators just need a simple method to look at student data in a new way.

Paperless, Property Taxes, and the Price of Progress

Nebraska. The Good Life. Middle of nowhere? No, in the middle of it all. A state made up of metropolitan areas, the plains, sandhills, reservations and dramatic rock formations. The name itself means “flat water” after the Platte River which runs west to east through the state.

It is the home of Arbor Day, so you could say Nebraskans know a little about trees. Planting them. Caring for them. And doing our part to save them. More on that in a moment.


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