Monday morning was a tough one for parents across the country as they sent their kids off to school for the first time since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School had just put in new security measures but it wasn't enough to save 26 lives, including her own.
Now parents are again left wondering, "Are my kids safe at school?"
Read more: What parents can do after Newtown
Sam Chaltain is a senior fellow at the Institute for a Democratic Education in America. He is also the author of American Schools. We ask him what parents and educators can start doing right now to make a difference in their communities.
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