Violence prevention

Question:
Do you have information on efforts to prevent violence in our schools?

Response:

Gun-Free Schools Act

The Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) was reauthorized by Section 4141 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110). GFSA requires that each state or outlying area receiving federal funds under the ESEA have a law that requires all local education agencies (LEAs) in these states and outlying areas to expel from school for at least one year any student determined to have brought a firearm to school, or to have possessed a firearm at school.

Overall, 50 states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), Puerto Rico, and outlying areas reported data under the GFSA for 2005–06 and 2006–07. They reported that they expelled 3,028 students determined to have brought a firearm to school in 2005–06, and 2,695 students in 2006–07. The expulsion rate was 6.1 students per every 100,000 students in 2005–06 and 5.5 per 100,000 in 2006–07.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education. (2010). Report on the Implementation of the Gun–Free Schools Act in the States and Outlying Areas: School Years 2005–06 and 2006–07.

School Administrative Practices

One approach to preventing or reducing violence in schools is to structure the way the school manages its student population.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education. (2011). Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 200910 First Look (NCES 2011-320).

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