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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, and prison-like discipline practices in schools. However, it is equally important to imagine ... Read More
 
Report Says California School Districts Need to Focus on Foster Youth in Budget Plans

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 strategies specifically to help abused and neglected children improve attendance and avoid suspension, expulsion, and encounters with ... Read More
 
Study: Suspending students lowers achievement of non-suspended students

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 harmed math and reading scores for non-suspended students. Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Kentucky followed more than 17,000 Kentucky students ... Read More
 

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 money on prevention and intervention over police and criminalization. Every Student Matters members will testify in force at the ... Read More
 
LCAP Countdown Week III:  Fresno Unified Fixing School Discipline

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 so that schools have the tools to work with students who are struggling, provide them with support, and help reintegrate them into ... Read More
 
Extra, Extra…School Climate LCAP is HERE!

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 LCAP school climate template in MS Word format: [download id=”3217″] The Districts that are doing it ... Read More
 

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 alternatives to suspension and expulsion. Oakland Unified School District and nine other school districts from Pennsylvania to Texas have agreed to pursue or ... Read More
 
Fixing School Discipline in 2014!

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 LGBTQ students.  Recently, the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit center that studies justice policy recently released a report, “A Generation Later: What We’ve ... Read More