Tardiness is the second most common cause for discipline in the Hillsborough County Public Schools. Black and Hispanic students are disciplined more often than white students.
News and Events: Discipline Disparities
Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and, yes, even pastry items to mimic firearms. The proposed legislation also would protect students through fifth grade who play with toy guns or draw or possess pictures of guns.
With a big push from the state’s new approach to education spending, many California school districts appear to be ramping up investments in positive approaches to discipline.
This summit brought together states and communities that have been actively engaged in school discipline and juvenile justice reform to refresh their knowledge base, leverage resources and relationships, build on what they have started, and inspire each other to make continued change.
This webinar will review a groundbreaking report released by the CSG Justice Center in June 2014, which provides 60 bipartisan field-driven policy and practice recommendations to provide students with safe, productive learning environments; effectively respond to students’ behavioral health needs; limit the use of suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the juvenile justice system for minor, school-based offenses, and support educators in building positive school and classroom climates.
Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) announced today a $1 million, two-year grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-life foundation, to engage community and school-district partners in four major U.S. cities with the goal of addressing school discipline practices and policies that contribute to a disproportionate number of low-income students of color leaving school and entering the criminal justice system – what is commonly called the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
In the 2011-12 school year in Fairfax County, students with disabilities made up 14 percent of the school population but represented 40 percent of discipline cases involving long-term suspensions. The county School Board voted last month to adopt a number of revisions to the district’s discipline policies — known as Student Rights and Responsibilities — including changes aimed at addressing the disproportionate number of cases involving students with disabilities.
The ACLU Foundation of Oregon today issued a follow-up report confirming that many students of color in Oregon public schools continue to be more frequently expelled or suspended than their white peers.
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.
Black students nationwide are suspended at least twice more frequently than any other student group and up to three times more often in many Twin Cities metro area urban and suburban school districts. However, school officials say that they are working on reducing Black suspension rates using a variety of strategies.
Black and Hispanic students are much more likely than white students to be punished with an out-of-school suspension at Rhode Island public schools, according to a report released Wednesday by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
St. Paul Public Schools’ (SPPS) Black suspension rate dropped only two percent from 2010-11 to 2011-12. Black students there still receive nearly 70 percent of all suspensions. SPPS Chief of Staff Michelle Walker told the MSR that Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and “Courageous Conversations” strategies, used to help teachers respond more positively to student behaviors — especially those of Black students — has played a huge role in the decline in suspensions.
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. Zero tolerance policies adopted after Columbine lower achievement and disproportionately affect African Americans, supporters say.
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.
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.
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
This photo gallery includes graphs depicting the share of school suspensions by race, compared with enrollment in the nation's ten largest school districts.
In one tough high school in Oakland, California, a restorative justice program has cut suspensions in half in just a year.
A Mississippi school district under scrutiny for excessive punishment of black students has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to enact new disciplinary policies, train school police officers in "bias-free" policing and stop involving officers in minor campus behavioral disputes.
The Education Department has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle public schools.