The Round Up!: Small Victories

5.23.13 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, positive behavioral intervention and support, ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Media Roundup: UCLA’s ‘Out of School & Off Track’ Gains Media Interest in Restorative Justice Practices

UCLA’s Monday release of their report Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools gained a lot of of media attention throughout the digital, print and televised world. This ...

Reduce School Suspensions, Take Action Now!

A brand-new national report out today from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project reveals that the use of harsh school discipline has increased across the country. African American and Latino students, students with disabilities, and ...

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