News Clips

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) tracks trends and developments in issues related to school climate and conditions for learning through online media sites, blogs, syndication and aggregation services, and other news resources from local, regional, and national media outlets. Browse this ongoing collection of posts to learn about what’s happening in communities near you and across the nation.

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May, 2021

Robeson Bennett is an eighth-grader in middle school in West Orange. The 14-year-old is the only Black boy in his honors classes and one of only a handful of Black students in the entire honors... Read more »

Chico Enterprise-Record

In an effort to mitigate bias and promote equity among students, the Chico Unified School District presented its data and possible solutions during Wednesday night’s school board meeting. During... Read more »

Center for American Progress

This issue brief highlights what Center for American Progress (CAP) gleaned from one round of community conversations. It includes powerful thoughts from participants that illuminate the need for... Read more »


There were zero reported deaths from college hazing incidents in 2020, but as campuses reopen to students, there have already been two hazing-related deaths this year.

University of Florida News

The University of Florida, the city of Gainesville and the Florida Department of Transportation continue to create a safer pedestrian and traffic environment on and around campus. Projects... Read more »

University of Florida News

The University of Florida, the city of Gainesville and the Florida Department of Transportation continue to create a safer pedestrian and traffic environment on and around campus. Projects... Read more »


No matter how small, any unpaid balance can prevent a college senior who’s otherwise in good standing from graduating. During the pandemic, this became a very real risk for some.

New York Times

The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of millions. But adolescents have been hit especially hard. This article discusses findings from Ms. Esfahani Smith.  Ms. Esfahani Smith is a... Read more »

AP News

More than 60% of Muslim youths surveyed in Massachusetts reported being mocked, verbally harassed or physically abused because of their Islamic faith, the state’s chapter of Council on American-... Read more »

April, 2021

Niagara Frontier Publications

Sarah Ketchen Lipson, a mental health researcher from Boston University and one of the co-principal investigators of the Healthy Minds Study, said 83% of college students said their current mental... Read more »

New York Times

With vaccinations on the rise, many colleges are planning in-person commencements, sowing frustration on campuses sticking to online ones.

Higher Ed Dive

The group advised schools to consult with legal counsel in case any of the shots don't get full FDA approval soon.


Students typically enter college around the age of 18 but for some, party culture cannot wait until they come of drinking age. Fake IDs, described by one student as ‘very versatile social tools,’... Read more »

A teacher in California writes about what she felt was most important in distance learning: connecting with her students to create an affirming school climate.

Chicago Sun-Times

Although no community colleges have implemented vaccination requirements so far, they are actively encouraging students, faculty and staff to get shots.

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced today plans to distribute $800 million to help support the needs of students experiencing homelessness under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and... Read more »

Wink News

The Florida House has unanimously passed a new school safety bill that aims to build on a law that addressed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Wyoming Public Radio

The pandemic's impact on mental health has been felt by many, from adults to children. But for college students, that may include the entire reshaping of what they thought their college experience... Read more »


The University of California and California State University systems will require students, faculty and staff to get Covid-19 vaccinations so they can access campus facilities this fall, they... Read more »

Nebraska Today

A new survey from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows college students’ drinking rates dropped during the pandemic — contrary to popular belief.