News and Events: June 2013

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.


School-to-Prison Pipeline ActionCamp 2.0

Following the success of the 2012 ActionCamps, the project will continue in 2013 with at least 2 more trainings taking place in April and June. The camps, dubbed ‘ActionCamp 2.0,’ will be the next step from 2012 Regional ActionCamps and will offer a deeper dive into the skills and strategies necessary to run effective campaigns to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline. As a result, ActionCamp 2.0 will feature less introductory level training and will include a focus on helping organizations currently involved in such efforts to develop plans of action for moving their work forward.


How a Community Play Inspired Sacramento Schools to Tackle Discriminatory Discipline Issues

Huffington Post

ZERO, an innovative play in which White threw out questions to the audience between acts, distills the real stories and the real emotions behind the numbers in Sacramento. It reveals the indiscriminate use of suspensions from the points of view of African-American student James (the main character, ZERO), his teacher, his counselor, his principal, his parent, a bully, his girlfriend, and his father, who's been in prison. 

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.

Schools Try ‘Restorative Justice’ To Keep Kids From Dropping Out

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

The “conflict-resolution room” at Ypsilanti High School in Michigan is quiet and sparse — just a small couch, some chairs and a plant. For decoration there are a few homemade posters with drawings of shooting stars and signs with slogans like “Together we can!” and “Think before you speak.” It’s where students go when they’re on the verge of being suspended.

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. 

Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies: A Failing Idea

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

New research analyzing the data from the 2009 – 2010 school year in Massachusetts found nearly 60,000 school expulsions and suspensions. Just more than half of them were for “unassigned offenses” – nonviolent, noncriminal offenses that can include behavioral issues such as swearing, talking back to a teacher, and truancy.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Works!

The American Prospect

Criminal justice reform activists have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline—the process that places children in the criminal-justice system for misbehavior in school—has a destructive effect on future outcomes. A recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research gives a sense of just how destructive. According to economists Anna Aizer and Joseph Doyle Jr., juvenile incarceration—one result of getting caught in the pipeline—drastically reduces the probability of completing high school, and substantially increases the odds of adult incarceration.