Fair and Just School Climate

What Restorative Justice Can–and Should–Look Like

Students from Oakland, CA, participate in a restorative justice circle in their classroom a show how school discipline reform can foster strong, supportive school communities.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-01-28

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

The Beginning Of An End To Sanction-Driven Education?

Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

Zero-tolerance school discipline policies and high-stakes testing go hand-in-hand to create the school-to-prison pipeline. Are these policies finally starting to fall out of favor?

Last week, the Obama administration took an important step for the well-being of the nation’s youth – especially those who are of racial minorities – by issuing new guidelines that many hope will shut down what has come to be known as “the school-to-prison pipeline.”

State: 

Huge Win for Students: Obama Administration Backs School Discipline Reform

In a big step forward for school discipline reform, the federal govenment released recommendations to end the use of harsh discipline policies and implement positive alternatives.

Today is a big step forward for school discipline reform and the many advocates and organizers nationwide fighting to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

State: 

"Zero-Tolerance: The History of Structural Violence on Our Students"

OTL allies from the Urban Youth Collaborative and the Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York are presenting at Talking Transition, an open forum event for discussing issues that Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio should consider as he transitions into office. The groups have released an interactive presentation on the history of harsh school discipline policies.

OTL allies from the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and the Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York (DSC-NY) are presenting today at Talking Transition, an open forum event for New Yorkers to discuss pressing issues that Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio should consider as he transitions into office. UYC and DSC-NY will be talking about school discipline reform and how harsh discipline policies criminalize students, disproportionately students of color, and drive them to drop out of school. 

Gina Womack: How to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Gina Womack, Executive Director of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children, is speaking tonight at Wheelock College in Boston about how to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

If you live in the Boston area, you should come see Gina Womack, Executive Director of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), speak tonight at Wheelock College about how to end the school-to-prison pipeline. FFLIC is a leading voice in the South for children, particularly those in or targeted by the juvenile justice system. 

From Wheelock:

NJ Organizers Win Moratorium on Suspensions

Thanks to the hard work of education organizers in Paterson, NJ, the local school board voted to institute a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for minor misbehaviors like dress code violations, tardiness and willful disobedience.

On October 16, education organizers in Paterson, NJ, scored a victory for school discipline reform and the Solutions Not Suspensions initiative.

AACF to Host Nov. 6 Policy Cafe in Arkadelphia

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is hosting a Policy Café in Arkadelphia on Nov. 6. Policy cafés are a self-guided mini-conference where participants can choose from discussions that center around issues that impact children and families in Arkansas. Register today!

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) is partnering with the Community Family Enrichment Center, Inc. and the Arkadelphia Public School District to present an AACF Policy Café in Arkadelphia.

State: 

Students Speak Out Against Harsh Discipline

Over 350 students raised their voices against harsh school discipline policies at the third annual Listening Project in Boston.

Over 350 students raised their voices against harsh school discipline policies at the third annual Listening Project in Boston. The event was hosted by the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and other members of the YOUNG Coalition including the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project and Youth on Board. 

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