From the Police Precinct to the Principal's Office: The Challenges Facing School Districts One Year After the Release of Federal School Discipline Guidance

Event Dates: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 03:00 to 04:30
1334 Longworth House Office Building
240 S. Capitol Street SE
Washington, D.C.
United States

School districts nationwide are acknowledging the need to change approaches to discipline and lower suspension and expulsion rates that disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities. Several school districts across the country provide a model for revising school district Codes of Conduct, confronting the challenges involved in remaking school climates and establishing restorative discipline practices. Continued federal attention and foundation resources are needed to effectively implement positive discipline approaches, including training teachers, hiring counselors and collecting data to track progress.

Opening Remarks -

  • Rep. Bobby Scott
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Panelists -

  • Sharon Contreras, Superintendent, Syracuse City School District
  • Kim Anderson, Senior Director, Center for Advocacy & Outreach, National Education Association
  • Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA
  • Angela Ciolfi, Legal Director, JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, Virginia
  • Marsha Weissman, Executive Director, Center for Community Alternatives
  • Moderator - Larry Dieringer, Executive Director, Engaging Schools