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This report documents the proceedings of a regional policy seminar hosted by the Iowa Department of Education with support from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) and the Midwest Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities (MRC). The seminar, Safe Schools Within Safe Communities, was held on September 19-20, 1995, in Des Moines, Iowa. Participants from 10 states attended--Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The purpose of the seminar was to provide a working forum where states could share information about existing violence-prevention policies, legislation, resources, successes, and state initiatives. Each state was asked to form a team to develop a long-range, coordinated, state-policy agenda and action plan for safe schools. The document contains highlights of a speech by Robert H. Brown, Jr., Chief of the Crime Prevention Branch, Office of Justice Programs, in which he addressed the future of school/community partnerships with the Bureau of Justice Assistance. William Modzelksi, Director of Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program, U.S. Department of Education, described the future of that program. Information on Minnesota's Plan, Unlearning Violence, is included, as well as highlights of the state goals developed during the action planning session. A list of contact organizations is included. A sidebar contains information on the Gun-Free School Act of 1994. (LMI)

Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Conflict Resolution, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Juvenile Gangs, Prevention, School Safety, Statewide Planning, Student Behavior, Student School Relationship, Substance Abuse, Violence

North Central Regional Educational Lab., 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521-1480.

Autor: Huertas, Aurelio, Jr.; Sullivan, Carol


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