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Orlando police officer Dennis Turner leads a 6-year-old girl away in handcuffs after her arrest for kicking and punching staff at her school. Orlando Police Department/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Video of 6-year-old girl’s arrest shows the perils of putting police in primary schools

Newly-released body camera footage shows an Orlando police officer taking a 6-year-old girl away in handcuffs. A school safety expert explains the potential pitfalls of police in primary schools.
The State of Texas is in a legal battle to seize power from the Houston public school board. Eakrin Rasadonyindee/Shutterstock.com

The made-up crisis behind the state takeover of Houston’s public schools

While the state of Texas says it is taking over the Houston school system in the name of school improvement, an expert argues the move is motivated by racism and political power struggles.
Girls are often the target of ‘moral’ dress codes, like no tank tops or ‘no bra straps.’ Pan Xiaozhen/Unsplash

It’s time to address the hidden agenda of school dress codes

Dress codes in schools can mask a lot of inequality issues around gender, race and religion. Why not go with a simple policy that applies to everyone equally and discuss the underlying issues instead?
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Back to school – understanding challenges faced by Indigenous children

Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.

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