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AM News: A Very Strange First Day Back At School

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Schools across nation react to shooting USA Today: As schools nationwide welcomed students back on the first day after Friday's deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn., teachers and parents began walking the fine line between grief and normalcy, openness and vigilance.

Schools Reexamine Security After Newtown Shooting NPR: The Connecticut shootings were on the minds of many at schools around the country on Monday. Some school officials reexamined their security procedures over the weekend, while parents dropped off their kids with a new sense of unease.

Gun Companies' Unlikely Investors: Teacher Retirement Funds Huffington Post: According to a Huffington Post survey of public databases, several of the nation's largest teachers' retirement systems -- including those in California, New York and Texas -- hold tens of millions of dollars worth of stock in two publicly traded gun manufacturers, Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.

Rhee Group Mum On Concealed Carry In Schools Huffington Post: Asked about its stance, StudentsFirst spokeswoman Ileana Wachtel said, "StudentsFirst believes that schools have to be a safe haven for kids. It is incumbent upon our elected officials to ensure that every single child is protected, particularly those under the care and direction of our public schools."

On Education: 25 Lessons About First Graders NYT (Winerip): In the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the author, with help from a first-grade teacher, compiled a list of things he has learned about first graders.

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The most intelligent observation I read in three stories about school security after Newtown is in the USA Today: "Location matters." The security needs of a school in west Texas differ substantially from one in Oakland, and national policies in such a diverse country often do more harm than good. Therefore, though we may grieve as a nation, we should remain federal, and realistically minimize our expectations as to how much federal gun legislation can accomplish. A more beneficial approach to dealing with this tragedy, once we understand it better, might be to review our practices with regard to mental illness, since a recurring element in these various mass shootings is that lethal weapons are ending up in the hands of the mentally disturbed.

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