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 ...

Christian Science Monitor Publishes Two Articles on the School-To-Prison-Pipeline

Two new articles in the Christian Science Monitor focus on the school-to-prison-pipeline and restorative justice models. “School suspensions: Does racial bias feed the school-to-prison pipeline” looks nationwide, at schools’ disparity ...

New Article: The secret to fixing school discipline problems? Change the behavior of adults.

There are waves in our schools as restorative justice replaces punitive justice. More than 23,000 schools are letting go of punitive approaches to discipline in favor of restorative models. Schools that adopt these models often see at ...

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 ...

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. ...

California Judge: ‘Suspensions and Expulsions Are Not Necessary’

Retired California Superior Court Judge Leonard Edwards has seen the results of high suspensions and expulsions, and he knows there’s a better way. In an oped in the San Jose Mercury News he writes that “suspensions and ...

Los Angeles Students, Parents, and Teachers Call for National Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions

Today in Los Angeles, students, parents, and teachers from across the country launched a national “Solutions Not Suspensions” campaign calling for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions and for schools to adopt more constructive ...

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