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Keeping Schools Safe While Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions

There’s good news and bad news in the report “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2015,” the most recent in an annual series produced jointly by the U.S. departments of education (ED) and justice (DOJ). Just as important, there’s help available to sustain the good news and tackle the bad.

A Natural Cure

At the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia, the Charlie's Trackers summer day camp for 7- and 8-year olds gave 16 children instruction in survival skills, native animals and plants, and lessons in the basic functioning of ecosystems.

Christy Keswick (left), COO, and Melissa Harper (right), CEO, represent Good Sports, which has donated more than $16 million in equipment, apparel and footwear, which has impacted 2,200 youth programs
nationwide since 2003. “If a girl plays sports and gets involved in physical activity when she is young, as she grows, she has a lot more capacity to try anything, to feel like, ‘If I can do that, I can do these five other
things,' " says Harper.

Good Sports Gets Girls Going After School

The summer custom for high school athletes is to surrender some of their vacation time at the local pool for strength and conditioning workouts to get ready for the upcoming school year.

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What’s On Alex’s Bookshelf?

Adam M. Johnson is executive director of the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund. Johnson oversees the organization’s $2.6 million budget and 16-member full-time staff.