News and Events: April 2013

City Schools Adopt More Tolerant Discipline Policy

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

The Buffalo school district is going to use more carrots and fewer sticks to get its rule breakers to change their ways. On Tuesday night, the Board of Education unanimously approved a new code of conduct under which students will no longer be suspended for disciplinary problems like truancy, cheating, cutting class, running in the halls, in-school cell phone use, smoking and dress code violations. 

With Police in Schools, More Children in Court

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

As school districts across the country consider placing more police officers in schools, youth advocates and judges are raising alarm about what they have seen in the schools where officers are already stationed: a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office.

NYCLU Urges City Council to Improve Transparency in School Discipline

New York Civil Liberties Union

In testimony delivered today at a New York City Council joint-committee hearing on school safety and student discipline, the New York Civil Liberties Union urged lawmakers to strengthen the reporting requirements in the Student Safety Act – a 2011 city law that requires regular reporting by the DOE and NYPD on school safety and disciplinary issues, including student suspensions and arrests.

School Discipline Reform Long Overdue, Experts Say

NEA Today

As schools around the country have tightened their disciplinary policies to curtail the possibility of school violence, some experts caution that these measures are doing more harm than good. On April 9th, educational experts convened in Washington, D.C. to offer policy recommendations and best-practice disciplinary approaches that can diminish the frequency, and often racial slant, of zero tolerance discipline policies.

School 'Discipline Gap' Explodes As 1 In 4 Black Students Suspended, Report Finds

Huffington Post

For years, education advocates have highlighted the dire importance of closing the achievement gap of academic performance between students of different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Now, another group of advocates is drawing attention to the discipline gap of unequal punishments to different groups of students