Los Angeles Schools End Suspensions for ‘Willful Defiance’ to Keep Students Learning

Los Angeles schools are leading the way to keep students in school and learning. The LAUSD school board has approved a School Climate Bill of Rights that will help schools reduce suspensions of students for minor behavioral issues, and ...

2 Bills Take Next Step in Legislature — Send a Message of Support for AB 420 and AB 549

Thanks to your support and the voices of students throughout the state, AB 420 and AB 549 passed the first hurdle through the Assembly Education Committee! AB 420 would fix problems with California’s “willful ...

LAUSD board could ban suspensions for ‘willful defiance’

LAUSD considers banning the use of suspensions for ‘willful defiance,’ a move that would be a first for California. LAUSD has been a leader in reforming school discipline through looking at suspension data, and by using ...

Unbelievable Suspension Stories

Suspensions are used to discipline students for just about everything these days. Here are some recent articles that demonstrate some truly unbelievable stories of student suspensions. From Science Class To School-to-Prison? ...

The Round-Up!

5.10.13 Even though many of you know that our policy work is focused on California, school districts all across the country are making moves from punitive to restorative justice practices in their schools. We want to include school ...

Sacramento Suspension Rates Increase while Stockton Decreases

Even while restorative justice initiatives leave suspension rates trending down, and school districts are made more aware of the racial disparity in suspension rates, in Sacramento County, the number of suspensions rose by about 10% ...

Congratulations on passing AB549 and SB744!

California is moving ahead again…to keep more students in school and learning. SB 744 and AB 549 passed out of the Senate and Assembly Education Committees yesterday afternoon! The hearings were packed with students, community leaders, ...

The Round-Up!

Even though many of you know that our policy work is focused on California, school districts all across the country are making moves from punitive to restorative justice practices in their schools. We’re hoping to bring you more ...

Act NOW to Support Two Critical Bills to Fix School Discipline!

Please send in your letters of support today! The hearings on TWO critical bills to Fix School Discipline are next week! Letters are due tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, by 5 pm for SB 744, which will protect the due process rights of ...

New Bill Restricting Use of “Willful Defiance” Moves Forward

This week, the Assembly Education Committee voted unanimously to move ahead with AB 420, which restricts the use of “willful defiance” in schools. Even though current law sites 23 other reasons for suspension and ...

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