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Human trafficking is often considered to be a crime that happens “elsewhere,” but cases have been reported in all fifty states. Go here for legal definitions as well as information on how to identify victims, how to report, and where to go to get further information on the subject.

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s mission is “to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for all of America’s children and families, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support. Part of the massive ed.gov website.

Good news. According to Ed.gov, High school graduation rates are at their highest level in three decades. According to the data, 78.2 percent of students graduated on time during the 2009-10 school year, up from 73.4 percent in 2005-06.

Many schools are revisiting character education concepts as a means to improve school climate and prevent school violence. “If kids come to schools where they feel valued, safe, and feel teachers have their best interests at heart, … they commit themselves.”