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New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

What's Next, Arrest in the Womb? Black Students Under Fire

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The quick-trigger suspension and expulsion of black students from schools at the drop of a dime has reached down into preschools and preconditioned far too many teachers and principals to regard black children as classroom dangers.

Rethinking School Discipline for Better Opportunities

Kavitha Mediratta | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Kavitha Mediratta

Studies show that African-American students were three times more likely to be suspended than white students during the 2009-10 school year, largely for nonviolent offenses.

Bronx Schools Reduce Policing and Suspensions With Support From Parents

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Dinu Ahmed

On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.

A Renaissance for School Violence

Marc Epstein | Posted 09.22.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

While all eyes have been focused on the "stop and frisk" debate in New York, hardly any attention has been paid to the rewriting of school discipline procedures. When it comes to anti-social behavior, zero tolerance is out and therapeutic intervention is in.

Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

How a Community Play Inspired Sacramento Schools to Tackle Discriminatory Discipline Issues

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

ZERO, an innovative play in which White threw out questions to the audience between acts, distills the real stories and the real emotions behind the numbers in Sacramento.

The Epidemic That's Threatening Our Future. And How Los Angeles Unified School District Is Determined to Reverse It.

Robert Ross | Posted 08.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Robert Ross

In California, fully 58 percent of all disciplinary actions were for that category, not for the serious offenses you might imagine. Almost every state has an equivalent category.

HS Student Suspended After Tweeting About School's Failed Budget

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.28.2013 | Technology

Cicero-North Syracuse High School senior Patrick Brown was suspended last week, after using Twitter to speak out about his upstate New York school dis...

2nd-Graders Back In Class After Suspension For Pointing Pencils

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents

The two second-graders suspended for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other were allowed back at school Wednesday. The boys go...

Don't Shake Down Kids Over the 'Harlem Shake'

Joan Bertin | Posted 05.06.2013 | Technology
Joan Bertin

The dances in Harlem Shake videos may be considered raunchy by some, but they're hardly "obscene." They're harmless, filmed in good fun. It's difficult to understand why school administrators are coming down so hard on these kids for this high-spirited and non-disruptive behavior.

Teen's Pro-Gay 'Day Of Silence' Fight Could Land High School In Court

Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices

A Florida-based teen has reportedly filed legal action against her high school after she was suspended after defying administrators and participating ...

Kids' Recent School Suspensions Renew Debate Over Zero Tolerance

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents

-- Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles...

Report: State's School Discipline Disproportionately Harsh On Students

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. — Civil rights advocates say harsh disciplinary practices at many Mississippi schools lead to children being expelled and even in...

It's Time for Common Sense School Discipline

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.12.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Rather than giving all of our kids an opportunity to succeed, expelling and criminalizing young people pulls the rug out from underneath them at childhood, steering them away from college or career, and redirecting them on the path of dropping out and prison.

Feds To Monitor Oakland Schools' Discipline Of Black Students

Posted 10.03.2012 | Education

The Oakland Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Education agreed last week to allow for at least five years of federal monitoring as th...

Kicking Black Boys Out of Class, Teaching Black Girls a Lesson

Ise Lyfe | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Ise Lyfe

It isn't fair to pin these generalizations on every Black boy at the school, but it is applicable to a large enough majority of them to have a general expectation that is unfair, racist, and detrimental to their development -- yet tragically accurate.

Black Males Will Need 50 Years To Catch Up To White Graduation Rate

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- More than half the young black men who graduated high school in 2010 earned their diploma in four years, an improved graduation rate tha...

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."

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Are Better Schools, Part Two

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Jane Ellen Stevens

It's all well and good to advise schools to do everything through a trauma-informed lens, but when you get down to classrooms and students, what exactly does that mean?

Students Suspended For Senior "Prank" That Included Both Mayor And Police

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home

The last day of senior year is apparently so closely tied with malicious pranks that school officials in Walker, Mich., have suspended more than 60 st...

School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Early last month, the U.S. Department of Education released a report on school equity issues that revealed that minority stu­dents face "much harsher discipline" than whites in our public schools.

Schools Must Pull Kids in, Not Turn Them Away

Robert Ross | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Robert Ross

For each day that a young person is suspended from school, his or her educational attainment experiences a setback.

Appeals Court Upholds Suspension For Boy Over Violent Crayon Drawing

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 03.23.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- Acknowledging school violence nationwide, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the suspension of a 10-year-old boy for a crayon draw...