News and Events: Conditions for Learning

National Conference on School Discipline

The National Conference on School Discipline will assemble internationally recognized experts including Judith Jones, Dr. Rosemary and Dr. Harry Wong, Barbara Coloroso together with practitioners who have developed promising approaches and programs in the incubator of day-to-day school life. This event will be a must-attend gathering for administrators, teachers, social workers and counselors focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to the arena of behavior intervention and classroom management.


Maryland Board of Education Considers New Discipline Regulations

The Washington Post

Maryland education officials moved a step closer to issuing new regulations on school discipline Tuesday, voicing support for a set of changes a statewide work group has proposed. The board has been seeking to reduce out-of-school suspensions, keep more students in class and end racial disparities in discipline. It has emphasized a more rehabilitative approach toward student misconduct.

School Discipline Changes Urged In Federal Complaint Against Dallas Truancy System

Huffington Post

In 2012, Texas adult courts prosecuted 113,000 truancy cases, more than twice the number pursued in the other 49 states combined. That statistic, and the penalties children and parents face because of Dallas County's Truancy Court, is why three law centers -- Texas Appleseed, Disability Rights Texas, and the National Center for Youth Law -- are filing a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday on behalf of seven children. 

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.

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.

Following Newtown Shootings, Connecticut Advisory Panel Suggests Hardening Schools

Education Week

Improving the design of schools with an eye on safety is one of the main recommendations from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, put together by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.  In an interim report released today, the group of teachers, safety experts, state and city officials said its work is not done, but it wanted to publish something in time for the current session of the state legislature.

The Time is Now: Students Talk School and Community Safety with Secretary Duncan

U.S. Department of Education

The fight to end the school-to-jail track and reestablish restorative justice practices is personal for Jasmine Jauregui, a youth organizer from the Youth Justice Coalition. “I have a family with a history of incarceration. My father is serving a life sentence at the moment and I don’t feel comfortable around [school resource] officers.” 

Promoting Safe Communities: Juvenile Justice Recommendations from the Field


In February and March 2013, the National Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) – a coalition comprising more than 300 national, state and local organizations working together to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve community safety -- released Promoting Safe Communities, recommendations to the Obama administration and to Congress urging them to restore a more effective system of juvenile justice for youth by focusing on five priority areas.

Youth of Color Coalition Rallies at U.S. Capitol and White House to Reject Harmful School Safety Policies

Dignity in Schools

On Monday, March 4th, youth of color from across the country held a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol followed by a march to the White House to call on Congress and the Obama administration to reject school safety policies that criminalize students of color, immigrant youth, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities, and push them out of school.