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With the support of a grant from the Metropolitan Life Foundation, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) sought to broaden discussion of violence in schools and link it to efforts to restructure schools and coordinate social services. The grant enabled ECS to use the Metropolitan Life Foundation's 1993 survey of violence in the public schools as a centerpiece as it convened a panel of specialists and practitioners in 1994 to consider the issues involved in youth violence. The ECS also sponsored cross-role group meetings in five states to discuss policy alternatives for dealing with violence. This document brings together recommendations from the policy discussions and information about state activities gathered from the ECS Information Clearinghouse. It reviews what is being done at federal and state levels, and highlights prevention approaches at state and local levels. Policy recommendations center on gathering and sharing information, researching strategy effectiveness, providing services for youth and families, and working in other ways to reduce the stress that results in violence, particularly in urban schools. An appendix lists 19 resources, and another lists 11 selected model programs. (SLD)

Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Information Dissemination, Policy Formation, Prevention, Public Schools, School Restructuring, School Safety, Social Services, State Programs, Urban Schools, Violence

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Autor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.


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