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School Discipline

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, causi...

Every Teenage Boy in America Is a Felon

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 11.13.2015 | 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 11.10.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 10.30.2015 | 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 10.22.2015 | 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 10.08.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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&nb...

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

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | 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 08.13.2015 | 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.

This Is Where Students Get Suspended From School The Most

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

The likelihood that a student will get suspended from school may have a lot to do with their geographic location. The U.S. Department of Education on ...

Rebecca Klein

How Denver Is Trying To Dismantle The School-To-Prison Pipeline | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school d...

The Road to Failure

Amber Kane | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Discipline in the school system is much like it is in the world, it's about punishment, not rehabilitation.

The Focus Room, and the Other Side of the Story

Shari Medini | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Shari Medini

The internet is blowing up over The Focus Room incident where a parent discovered that their child was being put in this Focus Room for hours on end. Many are reasonably horrified, and I think there is a lot of reason for concern and investigation. However... I can't help but wonder about the other side of the story: The school's side.

Christina Wilkie

Major Texas School District Halts Controversial Truancy Courts | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A decision this week by a major Texas school district to suspend operations at its truancy court was welcomed by juvenile justice advocat...

Christina Wilkie

Justice Department Investigates Texas Prosecution Of Children For Truancy | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is investigating whether truancy courts in Dallas County, Texas, deny due process to juveniles charged with fa...

Christina Wilkie

Texas Is Doing Something Genuinely Progressive And The World Didn't End | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- School discipline reforms in Texas have helped reduce the number of students charged with crimes for misbehaving in school by as much as...

Christina Wilkie

New Senate Bill Aims To Reduce School Suspensions | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As members of the Senate hurried out of town Wednesday ahead of a major snowstorm, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) quietly introduced a bill that...

Youth in the Lead

Rick Ayers | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Too often we talk about "education" as if students were faceless automatons and the body of knowledge were a single thing, a set of settled truths, a desirable accomplishment that promises an end to poverty and a happy life.

What White Educators Can Learn From Pittsburgh's Police Chief

Gregory Michie | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

McLay's words were intended mainly for the officers under his command. But they could just as well have been addressed to educators in our nation's schools.

Rebecca Klein

Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teac...

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 ...

Learning Our Place

Sally Lee | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

Given these fears, should parents and educators train children to be submissive and obedient in order to stay out of jail, or simply to survive? Or should they be treated as full human beings entitled to freedom, self-determination and voice in our society?