Positive Discipline Gets Boost in District Plans


The majority of the 50 largest school districts have included programs in their July 1 budgets that emphasize connecting with troubled students or offering them a chance to make amends, rather than taking more punitive actions, according to a preliminary analysis by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Calirfornia. The group is a state office of a national nonprofit organization of law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

The investments include $4.2 million for restorative justice programs, which offer a format for students to make amends and repair relationships with those they have harmed, in the Los Angeles Unified School District. They also include $2.9 Million in the Elk Grove Unified School District and $1.6 Million in the Santa Ana Unified School District for a data-driven approach known as "Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports,” a framework that guides the use of research-based practices and offers increasing levels of behavioral management and support.

“There’s a lot of good news and real change,” said Brian Lee, state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California. The new finance system, known as the "Local Control Funding Formula “appears to have had a very positive effect,” Lee said, on increasing the statewide investment in alternatives to so-called zero tolerance discipline practices, which impose mandatory suspensions or expulsions…


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