New Report: Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools

Today, UCLA’s Civil Rights Project released a new report highlighting the overuse of suspensions and the serious implications that it has on students’ trajectories including graduation rates, achievement scores, life outcomes and ...

New York Times Article Showcases Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Eric Butler

In Oakland, schools have employed restorative justice practices as an alternative to ‘”zero-tolerance” policies. Eric Butler is a coordinator of restorative justice for Ralph J. Brunche High School. We highlighted Mr. ...

New Article: What the DOJ Can’t Do on School Discipline Reform

An excellent historical look at racial disparity in one town’s school-to-prison-pipeline. In Meridian, Mississippi, the Department of Justice initiated a case review of the town during the 2007-2008 school year, confirming that ...

New Report: Juvenile Arrest and Collateral Educational Damage in the Transition to Adulthood

A new report by David S. Kirk and Robert J. Sampson highlights the impact of juvenile arrest on completion of high school and how it alters life trajectories around work and family. The report concludes: With high school and even ...

7-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Pastry Shaped Like Gun

California isn’t the only state where parents are concerned about harsh rules like willful defiance. In yet another example of the arbitrary nature of ‘willful defiance’, last week, a 7-year-old boy was suspended for biting ...

Take Action Now! Support AB 420 to Help Stop Suspensions for ‘Willful Defiance’

Are you an educator, student, parent, concerned community member, student advocate or school administrator? Do you care about helping students stay in school and preventing unnecessary suspensions and expulsions? You have an ...

Meet Sarah Omojola: Public Counsel’s Statewide Education Advocate!

Sarah Omojola joined Public Counsel in September 2012. She is a former English teacher and co-founder of a Stand Up For Each Other, an organization that provides advocacy services for students facing disciplinary action in New Orleans. ...

Join Our FREE WEBINAR for Educators, Community Advocates and Students on March 11th!

Learn lessons from successful educators and find out how to make positive school discipline changes at your school. California educators, community organizations and students are rolling up their sleeves to make common-sense school ...

STRIVE! New Program Aids in Conflict Resolution For Students

Central Valley students and educators have launched a new discipline program that is changing their schools for the better. STRIVE, a program through Merced County Office of Education, harnesses the power of conflict resolution to work ...

Bill Would Limit Category Used in 40% of California Suspensions

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has introduced a bill that would limit the use of the broadest category of student suspensions: “willful defiance.” California data shows that more than 40% of out-of-school suspensions are for ...

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