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Friday, September 12, 2014

Minneapolis Superintendent Bans Suspensions for Younger Children

Education News – Grace Smith

“Minneapolis has decided that suspending children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade for non-violent behavior is the wrong approach to discipine.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Los Angeles schools to ease discipline policies to stem dropouts

Reuters – Daina Beth Solomon

“Los Angeles schools will take a more lenient approach to offenses such as alcohol possession and fighting to allow students a better chance to graduate, officials said on Tuesday.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Game Theory Secrets for Parents

The Wall Street Journal – JENNIFER BREHENY WALLACE

“Game theory is, in essence, the science of strategic thinking—a way of making the best decision possible based on the way you expect other people to act…Here are a few more practical, game theory-based solutions to everyday parenting challenges.” (more)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

SD schools look to reduce suspensions, expulsions

UT San Diego – Maureen Magee

“Starting in September, teachers at San Diego High and other schools will start asking more questions when it comes to how and why students are disciplined under a pilot “restorative justice” program set to go into effect throughout the San Diego Unified School District. Among other things, the program drastically reduces the number of offenses that trigger an automatic recommendation for expulsion.” (more)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Teachers May Not Want To Reduce Number Of Out-Of-School Suspensions, Survey Suggests

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“According to the survey, about half of superintendents said they strongly want to reduce expulsions and out-of-school suspensions (OSS) during their time in leadership. However, if they were to take official action in doing so, 72 percent would expect pushback from teachers and 57 percent would expect opposition from principals. At the same time, a majority of superintendents said they would expect support from parents and students.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Education Week – Kavitha Mediratta

“By helping principals and teachers address the underlying causes of misconduct—and giving them options other than suspension and expulsion—forward-thinking school districts across the nation are demonstrating how positive discipline can improve educational outcomes.” (more)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Approaches To Discipline Strive to Keep Kids Out of Jail

NPR – Staff Writer

“School’s out for the summer. For young people in New York City, if last summer was any guide, that may mean they’re less likely to be arrested.” (more)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Study: Prevent Bad Behavior in Schools, Don’t Punish It

Education News – Grace Smith

“The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a nationwide study yesterday entitled The School Discipline Consensus Report that suggests that school officials focus on improving the learning environment rather than spending so much time dwelling on how to react to bad behavior.”(more)

Juvenile Prison Stats Reveal American Attitudes Towards Kids

Education News – Julia Steiny

“But why is the most frequent solution kicking kids out? Alternatives can be found. But overwhelmingly, American schools and its judicial system remove little rotters from their classrooms, or from the families and communities that raised them, and warehouse them in behavior-disordered classrooms, boot camps, alternative schools or juvenile prisons. There, they get worse.”(more)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

L.A. Unified suspension rates fall but some question figures’ accuracy

The L.A. Times – Teresa Watanabe

“In the heart of Watts, where violence in nearby housing projects can spill over onto campuses, two of the city’s toughest middle schools have long dealt with fights, drugs and even weapons.”(more)