Tag Archives: Restorative Justice

New School Discipline Program Has Fans and Results, But Few Participating Schools

Hoover High, one of the few schools with a restorative justice program, reduced the amount of student suspensions from 321 in 2013-2014 to only 58 the next school year. | Photo Credit: Dustin Michelson, Voice of San Diego By Rachel Evans … Continue reading

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San Diego Leaders, Nonprofits And Schools Meeting This Week On Restorative Justice

By Megan Burke and Tom Fudge San Diego County government agencies, non-profits and schools are coming together on Feb. 26 for a summit on restorative justice, an alternative to traditional law enforcement practices. “Everyone who gets handcuffed does not necessarily … Continue reading

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Program to Keep Juveniles Out of Prison Could Expand

By Andrew Bowen The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to vote on expanding a restorative justice program to keep juvenile delinquents out of prison. The National Conflict Resolution Center has been operating a pilot program … Continue reading

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UCLA: As Suspensions Dropped, California Students Performed Better

By Megan Burks A study out this week suggests school discipline reform is helping to close the achievement gap in California. Out-of-school suspensions have dropped nearly 30 percent statewide since 2011. And researchers with UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies … Continue reading

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Hoover Builds On School Discipline Reform With Wellness Center

By Megan Burks Last year Hoover High School teachers cut suspensions by 80 percent after being trained to recognize and address trauma in their students. Hoover is building on that success by establishing a wellness center. It will offer traditional … Continue reading

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Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure in Discipline Program

By Matt Bowler The success of a discipline program at Crawford High School has students asking the San Diego Unified School District to expand the program. The program, Restorative Justice, helps students figure out why they misbehave. The idea is … Continue reading

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School Discipline Changes Yield Big Drop in Expulsions

By Megan Burks Expulsions at San Diego Unified schools are down nearly 60 percent. This time last year, school administrators had heard nearly 400 expulsion cases and handed down 134 of them. Students are recommended for expulsions and get a … Continue reading

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Measure on November Ballot Would Reduce Some Felonies to Misdemeanors

By Patty Lane, Maureen Cavanaugh and Peggy Pico Click here to listen to a full KPBS Midday Edition interview on Proposition 47 featuring former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne, who co-authored the measure, and San Diego County Chief Deputy … Continue reading

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The End of ‘Willful Defiance’ School Punishments (Sort of)

When a child gets in trouble at Cherokee Point Elementary School, Principal Godwin Higa, talks quietly to the student to sort things out. | Photo Credit: Jane Stevens By Mario Koran On this, most school officials agree: “Willful defiance,” a … Continue reading

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Prison Realignment Complicates Voting Rights for Felons

By Megan Burks California’s prison realignment effort has drawn up a complicated matrix of detention options for felons, and with it a lot of confusion about which ones can vote. It’s the subject of a lawsuit alleging the state has … Continue reading

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