EEUU: School Discipline Consensus Project Roundup

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy Seeks Alternative to School Suspensions, Expulsions

The Supportive School Climate Act would address the so-called school-to-prison pipeline by reducing suspensions and expulsions and promoting positive, trusting relationships between students, especially those who have been abused, with adults in a school environment.

Nevada School Discipline Rules Change Bill Moves to Assembly

The Nevada Senate has approved a bill that would give school superintendents new discretion in student discipline.

Schools Hope Changes in Policy Will Bridge the ‘Discipline Gap’

During the 2011–2012 school year, 20 percent of black male students nationwide received out-of-school suspensions compared witj just 6 percent of white males, according to data collected on elementary and secondary public school students from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Georgia Releases ‘School Climate Star Ratings’

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life–the “culture” of a school. The School Climate Star Rating helps determine whether a school is on the right path to school improvement.

How Prison Stints Replaced Study Hall

For many children, adolescent misbehavior that once warranted a trip to the principal’s office—and perhaps a stint in study hall—now results in jail time and a greater possibility of lifelong involvement with the criminal justice system.

St. Louis Schools Chief Takes Closer Look at District’s Suspension Track Record

News of racial discrepancies in suspensions came to a major low last March when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a paper that found that while black students represent 18 percent of preschool enrollment they account for 42 percent of students suspended at least once and 48 percent of students suspended more than once.

Schools Use Alternatives to Suspension, See Student Behavior Improve

Sacramento-area schools had a sizable drop in suspensions and expulsions in 2013-14, according to new data from the California Department of Education. About 21,600 students in K-12 public schools in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties were suspended last year, down from 28,000 two years prior.

Restorative Practices Quickly Cut Suspensions in Middle School

Alternative to Suspension is based on restorative practices that originated in the criminal justice system as an alternative to punishment and incarceration. Adapted for use in schools, restorative practices are used as an alternative to suspension by using a set of principles and strategies to encourage students to accept responsibility for their behavior and repair any harm caused by their actions.

House Passes Proposal to Add Cultural Competence to School Discipline Rules

The Washington House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would add some efforts to focus on cultural competence in the state’s school discipline rules.

Syracuse School Suspensions Plummet Under New Disciplinary Code

The head of the Syracuse City School District (NY) told policymakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill that a new discipline policy has resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of suspensions.

Opinion: Too Many Students Are Suspended for Minor Misbehavior

Suspension is an extreme measure that often does not involve other strategies to address student behavior. Suspensions should be one option available for schools but a rarely used one in a toolkit with a variety of alternatives.

Black, Latino Students Suspended at Higher Rates in San Antonio Schools

Students of color and those with disabilities in San Antonio middle and high schools are disciplined with off-campus suspensions at higher rates than their peers, according to analysis of federal data by the University of California Los Angeles.

Out of Detention: How to Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Children’s Defense Fund, a national organization that advocates for children’s rights, considers improving access to mental health care to be among the “key immediate action steps” with potential to prevent what the organization calls the “Cradle to Prison Pipeline.”

Moving Beyond a Single Measure of a School

The California State Board of Education is seizing the chance to redefine student achievement and reframe how schools are held accountable for performance. It is in the throes of replacing the Academic Performance Index, the three-digit number that has been the state’s narrow gauge of school progress for a decade and a half.

Black Rhode Island Students See High Suspension Rates

Rhode Island public schools issued approximately 17,000 elementary school suspensions between 2004 and 2012, according to the ACLU’s report, “The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Black and White.”

State Bill Could Clarify School Disciplinary Policies

For the third year in a row, representatives of social justice nonprofits in Connecticut have gone to Hartford to advocate for clearer school disciplinary policies.

Teachers Complain about Revised Chicago Public Schools Discipline Policy

Teachers say they have not been given resources to work with a revised Student Code of Conduct implemented this year by Chicago Public Schools.

Police Chief Says Over-Policing Contributes to High Dropout Rate

A police chief in Texas said he believes his colleagues contribute to increased high school dropout rates and reinforce the school-to-prison pipeline when they discipline students for misbehaving rather than school administrators.

Vermonters Question Student Suspension Rates

Jeff Francis, head of the Vermont Superintendents Association, said educators need to be attentive to disparities in discipline, particularly as the state grows more diverse.

Black Students in Dallas Are Suspended at Higher Rate than Whites, Latinos, Study Finds

About a quarter of black students in middle school and high school in the Dallas Independent School District were suspended in the 2011–12 school year, according to a new report.

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