From the Editor

Dacia Rivers, Editorial Director

Dacia Rivers, Editorial Director

All schoolchildren should have the undeniable right to pursue their educations in an environment where they are safe from harm. In an age where everything feels debatable, it’s one fact that no one can deny. But occasionally, things happen in our schools that challenge that right. Stories of school violence hit the media and spread like wildfire, affecting us all. And when they hit, we all react differently. Some get angry, some afraid. If you’re like me, you seek out every bit of news you can find on the topic until you nearly drown in it, overwhelmed and incapable of thinking about much else.

For our cover story, I spoke with two Texas superintendents who are making great strides to prevent violent incidents on their campuses. Their clear-headedness on an emotional topic, their dedication to the safety of their students, and their forward-thinking approaches were heartening. It’s my hope that each of you reads their words and finds some inspiration in them. And when you’re done, pass the issue along to a colleague who might do the same.

Thanks to all of you for reading. Here’s to another successful, and safe, school year for all of us.