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School Discipline

New Guidelines Target Ending "Zero-tolerance" Policies, Aim To Stem School-to-Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.29.2016 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis The Obama administration has taken more steps to improve an atmosphere of fairness and equity and to support a climate of achie...

A Year After The Assault At Spring Valley, One Student Turns Her Pain Into Progress

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.02.2017 | Black Voices

Niya KennyNiya Kenny had never heard of the school-to-prison pipeline until it came to her classroom. Kenny was sitting in math class last October at ...

The NAACP Takes A Major Stand Against The Growth Of Charter Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics

The NAACP board of directors voted Saturday to confirm a resolution that recommends an end to the expansion of charter schools, which currently educat...

Black Children Are More Likely To Get Hit By School Teachers, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics

When Wendy Chandler received a back-to-school packet from her daughter’s Alabama elementary school in 2013, she was stunned. Included in the packet ...

5. Why Schools Should Be Going Around In Circles

Ted Wachtel | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Ted Wachtel

Circles have changed our class because we've had to talk to one another. It's not just the teachers. It's all of us together. So we've kind of had to come together as a team and talk.

Education Reformers Are Talking About Race and They Should Be

Peter Cunningham | Posted 06.07.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Ed reform circles are getting all worked up about race. Chicago charter parent and educator Marilyn Rhames started the conversation with a modest cele...

A Tough Love Message to Charter Schools About the Dangers of Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

I'm an avid supporter of charter schools. I work at one. I send my kids to one. I donate to one. I'm making this disclaimer early, lest what's to come...

A High School That Demonstrates, Once Again, That Some Educators Have the Know-How to Turn Around Schools (Part 3: Improving Instruction)

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

For the past two weeks, I have been writing about a high-poverty high school that has improved tremendously over the last 12 years. Today, I report on...

Taken Out of Context by Jesse Watters, Bill O'Reilly and the Fox News Ministry of Truth -- The False Narrative of Out-of-Control Kids

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Larry Strauss

Bill O'Reilly has every right to say that some kids are just bad apples, out of control, and should be carted off by constables. But educators have got be committed to proving him wrong.

A High School That Demonstrates - Once Again - That Some Educators Have the Know-How to Turn Schools Around (Part 2: Improving the Culture)

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week, I talked about a high-poverty high school that has improved tremendously in the last 12 years. Today, I report on one aspect of that improv...

The Weight of Words

Karin Schott | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Karin Schott

This is what I do know, ten-year-olds do not understand the weight that adults give to words. Together we will spend time figuring out how the school is taking this teachable moment and educating him.

Study: Time to End the Broken Windows Approach to School Discipline

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 03.18.2016 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

The author of a new study on charter schools, civil rights and suspensions, says its time for charters to abandon the "broken windows" approach to dis...

School Discipline Is a Big Issue, But That Headline Is Not Helping Anyone

Erika Sanzi | Posted 03.18.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

Perhaps it was written to be clickbait, but the New York Times put a pot-stirring headline on a story that has quickly reignited a tiresome and seemin...

Fired Teacher Arrested After Video Shows Him Pull Out Boy's Chair

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime

A former Connecticut middle school teacher was arrested Monday night after video surfaced showing him pulling a chair out from under a student, causin...

Every Teenage Boy in America Is a Felon

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 11.12.2016 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If you are a male living in the United States above the age of 12, raise your hand if you have never looked at, possessed or shared a picture of a naked female (or male). If you have, you may be a felon subject to imprisonment and be required to register as a sex offender.

Recess Is Not a Privilege

Laura Hanby Hudgens | Posted 11.08.2016 | Parents
Laura Hanby Hudgens

Instead of treating recess as an important, in fact crucial, part of a student's day, some schools still act as if recess is a privilege bestowed on well-behaved, compliant students. They use recess as a bargaining tool and withhold it as a form of punishment.

Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Here's an idea for the adults who oversee our public schools: Let's stop beating up schoolchildren, pepper-spraying them, tossing them out of the classroom, and jailing them for doing the normal things kids do.

How I Came to Appreciate Teachers

Vivy Chao | Posted 11.03.2016 | Education
Vivy Chao

It's 1999, and I'm sitting in an Advanced Placement history class. I think to myself, "All this memorization and testing will make sense when I grow up. There's a reason for all this that I don't understand yet."

If Girls of Color Are Not Safe in School, Where Can They Be?

Nakisha M. Lewis | Posted 10.30.2016 | Women
Nakisha M. Lewis

If the institutions and adults entrusted with protecting young people continue to enable the school-to-prison pipeline through their bias and subsequent actions, where is it that girls of color can feel safe?

Eva Moskowitz's "Suspension Academy" Charter Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 10.22.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

What is the "miracle" behind claims for higher student test scores at some well-known charter schools? It may simply be "lock them out to drive them out." Let's look at the Success Academy Charter School Network, whose schools would more aptly be named "Suspension Academies."

Building Positive Relationships to Break the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 10.08.2016 | Education
Alex M. Johnson

Fostering a positive learning environment requires investing time and resources. One important investment is a meaningful process for students, parents, educators, school staff, and others in the school community to shape and make decisions about school discipline based on the specific needs of their community.

School Discipline: Standing Up for All Children in the Public School System

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 09.03.2016 | Education
Stacey Steinberg

Two kindergartners were sent to the principal's office during their second week of school. One hit a little girl after she refused to share a toy. The other smacked a little boy after he cut to the front in the lunch line.

Illinois Governor Signs Sweeping School Discipline Reform

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Monday signed into law a sweeping reform of the state's school discipline policies, putting Illinois at...

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Handcuffs Are Not the Solution to Children's Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup | Posted 08.13.2016 | Impact
Dr. Brigitte Vittrup

When an adult responds to a child's behavior with pain inducing force, the child is more likely to become fearful and to reject any message the adult is trying to convey.