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School Disciplinary Policies

School Apologizes For Replacing Blind Boy's Cane With Pool Noodle

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents

Missouri's North Kansas City School District has apologized after officials there punished a blind student by replacing his cane with a swimming pool ...

With Thousands of Schools Curbing Suspensions, There's No Excuse for the Growing Discipline Gap

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

More than 23,000 schools out of 132,000 nationwide have or are discarding a highly punitive approach to school discipline in favor of supportive, compassionate and solution-oriented methods. Those that take the slow-but-steady road can see a 20 percent to 40 percent drop in suspensions.

Survey Finds 11 Texas School Districts Spent $227 Million On Discipline, Security

Posted 10.30.2012 | Education

Officials in Texas spend $227 million annually on disciplinary problems and school security, according to a recent Texas Appleseed survey of 11 major ...

New York Revises Discipline Code, Eases Up On Suspensions

Posted 08.30.2012 | Education

Under the New York Department of Education’s revised disciplinary code, public-school students can no longer be suspended for one-time, low-level in...

Schools Should Not Predetermine the Right Number of Suspensions

John Thompson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education
John Thompson

While I support efforts to reduce suspensions through aligned socio-emotional supports, I understand why Marc Epstein is suspicious of "discipline codes oriented more toward 'therapeutic responses' rather than the traditional suspension."

Counting On Us: Release of New Civil Rights Data Is the First Step in Helping Our Kids

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Deborah J. Vagins

Reliance on practices like suspensions, expulsions and arrests decrease academic achievement and increase the likelihood that students will be pushed out of school, oftentimes into the criminal justice system.

Minority Students Face Harsher Punishments, Report Shows

Posted 12.05.2011 | Education

Black and Latino students are disproportionately more likely to experience harsher punishments by schools for infractions and misbehaviors, according ...

Federal Initiative Launched To Narrow School-To-Prison Pipeline

Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

A new federal initiative will aim to curb the "school-to-prison" pipeline that students fall into, beginning with in-school disciplinary action that l...

Federal Initiative Launched To Narrow School-To-Prison Pipeline

Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

A new federal initiative will aim to curb the "school-to-prison" pipeline that students fall into, beginning with in-school disciplinary action that l...

Is Suspension The First Step To Juvie?

Posted 09.18.2011 | Education

A study released today shows results that one of its authors told Education Week should raise the question among state education leaders: "Is our stat...