We Need Change: A school should be like a sanctuary or a safe haven. BY Umar Bavani Ashleigh Washington For communities and advocates, fixing school discipline often focuses on the immediate harm students face from harsh, punitive, ...

Report Says California School Districts Need to Focus on Foster Youth in Budget Plans

A report released today finds that while the Local Control Funding Formula was intended to help ensure that the unique needs of foster youth were addressed, in the first year of implementation few school districts developed goals or ...

California reports suspensions down by 50,000 students

California released data today showing school suspensions and expulsions continue to fall as a result of new state laws and a wave of actions by communities and educators to keep students in school. School suspensions are down 25% over ...

Study: Suspending students lowers achievement of non-suspended students

Some people say that if you remove classroom distractions by suspending misbehaving students, other students benefit. A just-published research study says the opposite is true. The study found that high rates of school suspensions ...

AB 420 ends suspensions of young students & school districts show support

As California students go back to school this month, there’s good news for everyone who wants to make sure they stay there. Starting January 1, California became the first state in the nation to eliminate in and out-of-school ...

LCAP Countdown Week V: No More Class Time Lost to Suspension, Long Beach Community Says

In Long Beach, students, parents and community members in the Every Student Matters coalition are asking the Superintendent and SchoolBoard to make their LCAP reflect what the research shows and students and parents there want, more ...

LCAP Countdown Week III: Fresno Unified Fixing School Discipline

The Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Health Happens in Schools Team – a collaborative of youth and parent organizations -has been organizing to ensure that restorative practices and alternatives to suspension are prioritized ...

Extra, Extra…School Climate LCAP is HERE!

We’ve made it easy for you! We filled in the spaces in the state-required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) with the best practices that we have seen from educators and communities around the State. Click here to download our ...

New National Program Will Help School Administrators Reduce Suspensions and Expulsions

Administrators at some of the nation’s largest school districts are getting extra help to keep students in school. The national organization Children’s Defense Fund has joined with school leaders to support discipline ...

Fixing School Discipline in 2014!

  Research Shows Zero Tolerance Doesn’t Work Study after study has shown that zero-tolerance discipline policies are harmful to all students and disproportionately affect students of color, students with disabilities and ...

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