News and Events: Positive Approaches

Supportive School Discipline Webinar on Resources School-Justice Partners Can Use to Improve School Discipline

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services will host this webinar on resources that support effective data collection and analysis, the sharing of student-level information, products and tools that can support jurisdictions' efforts, and opportunities for training and technical assistance. 


More School Police Wear Body Cameras to Track Interactions With Students

Education Week

Recording police interactions heightens transparency, strengthening the public's trust in agencies in instances where cameras observe proper police behavior, and providing accountability and evidence when officers behave poorly, advocates for the devices say. And this is particularly true when officers perform most of their duties away from official vehicles, which are typically equipped with dash cams.

Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms

Council of State Governments Justice Center

This report examines the impact of extensive steps that policymakers took between 2007 and 2011 to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The dataset used to conduct this study draws on more than 1.3 million individual case records assembled across databases maintained by three state agencies. 

Webinar: The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System

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.

D.C. Anti-truancy Program is Getting More Kids to School

The Washington Post

Case workers during the past two years have begun working with D.C. families to figure out what is causing problems in attendance problems and how they can help. The program, Show Up, Stand Out, is having some success, according to an evaluation of the first year’s results. Nearly 80 percent of the families involved in the program during the 2012-2013 school year improved their children’s’ attendance.

Suspensions and Expulsions Down in D.C. Charter Schools

The Washington Post

The D.C. Public Charter School Board has made it a priority to reduce expulsions and out-of-school suspensions in recent years. According to a recent report, the expulsion rate for D.C. public charter schools in the past school year was about half of what it was two years before, and the rate of out-of-school suspensions decreased by about 20 percent in one year.