The state’s landmark school finance law has prompted most major California school districts to pledge to reduce student suspensions, hire more counselors and use positive alternatives to deal with misbehavior, according to a recent study released.
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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.
This school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.
For all the attention placed on problems that black boys face in terms of school discipline and criminal justice, there is increasing focus on the way those issues affect black girls as well.
Kick troubled students out of school and they often come back even worse. The Kent School District is trying to tackle this national problem by overhauling the way it handles discipline.
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.
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.
Led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.
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.
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.
Under a new policy, students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will no longer be suspended or arrested for minor disciplinary fractions. Instead, students will receive more supportive discipline that is based in the school setting.
A D.C. Council member is sponsoring legislation to prohibit the city's public schools from suspending or expelling pre-kindergarten students except in rare circumstances.
The National Conference on School Discipline will assemble internationally recognized experts together with practitioners who have developed promising approaches and programs in the incubator of day-to-day school life.
A June 2014 report put out by the Council of State Governments Justice Center recommends reserving exclusionary discipline practices (e.g., suspension, expulsion, arrest) for only the most significant misconduct problems.
What are the unintended consequences of bad school discipline policies? One consequence is the channeling of fairly inoffensive young people into the criminal justice system.
The Obama administration issued guidelines that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in zero-tolerance policies that have disproportionately increased the number of arrests, suspensions and expulsions of minority students for even minor, nonviolent offenses.