How an LA High School Is Leading the Charge for Positive Behavior

The walls at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights are painted with bright-red reminders of the future president and his famous charge up San Juan Hill. Now students and educators there are leading a new charge: for positive ...

Trying Out a Gentler Form of Discipline

A trial of their peers is one way students at Richmond High School take the issue of fixing school discipline into their hands. This and other new approaches to school discipline have cut the local district’s student suspensions ...

Send a Virtual Postcard: Don’t Let California Students Disappear

California legislators have taken a first step toward approving bills that would fix major problems with school discipline rules, improve data collection, and give educators more discretion before issuing out-of-school suspensions. But ...

8 of 10 Bills to Change Harsh School Discipline Rules Move Ahead

With the extraordinary support and an outpouring of calls and email letters, 8 of 10 bills supported by FixSchoolDiscipline.org cleared major hurdles in the California Legislature. Bills to change harsh school discipline laws and help ...

Cal Progress Report: Uniting to Stop the Swinging Door of School Suspensions

There’s a growing realization that when students are suspended, the next step after an early exit from school is often an early entry into the justice system. Public Counsel Education Rights Director Laura Faer writes at ...

We Need to Accommodate Disabled Students, Not Expel Them

You may be aware that students with disabilities, like ADHD and other behavioral or emotional diagnoses, find it challenging to meet basic classroom behavioral expectations. Unfortunately, there is little research on ADHD and ...

Meet Claudia: Join the Education Revolution

Meet Claudia: She was suspended from various schools. After being suspended several times for being late or engaging in verbal fights because others made ​​fun of her, Claudia left the school. At 12 years old, this young woman ...

Article: Principal Says “There is a Better Way”

Kerry Callahan, principal of Pioneer High School in Woodland, California, has met students who need counseling, instead of a suspension, which would make them fall behind in class. Ms. Callahan believes that the practice of suspending ...

School discipline debate reignited by new Los Angeles data

The Center for Public Integrity obtained data showing that officers the nation’s largest school police force issued the equivalent of 28 tickets every day to students in 2011. Judge Michael Nash, who presides over Los ...

San Francisco Chief of Police Gregory Suhr: Making Kids Feel Safe Keeps Them in School

San Francisco Chief of Police Gregory Suhr recently submitted a letter to the editor in the San Francisco Examiner on school discipline and restorative practices entitled, Making Kids Feel Safe Keeps Them in School. In the article, ...

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