Tag Archives: School Discipline Reform

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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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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Restorative Justice Changing the Culture at Hoover, Crawford

By David Ogul Something had to be done. According to a study by a team of Harvard University researchers, the San Diego Unified School District’s policies on discipline were not only flawed, but also unfair. Students of color were suspended … 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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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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At Cherokee Point, Kids Don’t Conform to School; School Conforms to Kids

When a child gets in trouble, Principal Godwin Higa, talks quietly to the student to sort things out. | Photo Credit: Jane Stevens By Jane Stevens ACES Too High What does any of the following possibly have to do with … Continue reading

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Tweet City Heights: Large-Scale Public Market to Open in San Diego

By Megan Burks Leases Set, Construction Started on San Diego’s Answer to Pike Place At press time, 961 people had signed on to help Catt White and Dale Steele bring a large-scale public market to San Diego. The pair posted … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Consequences of School Suspensions

By Andres Garcia, Rosa Solache and Jazmin Jones On the weekend of July 6, youth from throughout California gathered at the Media Arts Center San Diego for a journalism boot camp hosted by The California Endowment. With the guidance of … Continue reading

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Tweet City Heights: Lawmakers Patch Safety Net, But Big Holes Remain

By Megan Burks Lawmakers Patch Safety Net, But Big Holes Remain State Democrats and Gov. Jerry Brown reached a budget deal yesterday that softens the governor’s proposed hits to welfare and public health programs, but still means big changes for … Continue reading

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