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In lieu of Federal Flash, take time to listen to the students

The details on today’s Federal Flash seem immaterial as the nation copes with yet another school shooting, this time at a Santa Fe High School where at least eight are dead.
The link to Federal Flash is pasted below, but, instead of watching the Flash, we encourage you to devote some time to reading messages on Twitter from students who have already been affected by gun violence or are struggling to process this latest tragedy.
One interview that is especially heartbreaking was with a Santa Fe High School student. When asked whether she felt like a shooting couldn’t happen at her school, she replied, “It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here too.”
Let her words sink in for a moment and remember the millions of students nationwide who might be thinking the same thing right now.
Enough is enough.
At the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), we grieve for the victims and their families and we stand in support of the individuals and organizations who are pushing for an end to gun violence.
In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, All4Ed issued a statement on gun violence in America’s schools and communities. The statement outlines a multi-tiered approach to addressing school-related gun violence that must include: 1) student voice; 2) additional school resources and personnel, including school counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and other mental health professionals; 3) reformed school discipline practices; and 4) common-sense gun control measures.
As we’ve said in a previous Federal Flash, we can talk about ESSA implementation, college access and affordability, and expanding opportunities for all students, but does any of it really matter if a child doesn’t come home alive at the end of the school day?
Thank you for reading.
If you would like to watch today’s edition of Federal Flash, which was recorded before today’s shooting and covers updates on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as updates on staffing at the U.S. Department of Education and implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), you can do so at www.all4ed.org/FederalFlash.

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