Tag Archives: School Discipline

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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Suspensions, Expulsions Down In San Diego Schools

A student runs up stairs at Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights. | Photo Credit: Cecia, The AjA Project By Megan Burks A new law aiming to limit school discipline measures that take students out of class went into … 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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Voices: New Teachers Bear the Burden of Public Policy Failures

By Oscar Ramos Oscar Ramos taught at The Preuss School for seven years and now works at a public school district in Texas. He’s also a previous contributor to Speak City Heights partner Voice of San Diego. Ramos’ commentary has … Continue reading

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A New School of Thought on Discipline

Photo Credit: Shutterstock By Mario Koran A report by the Harvard researchers who visited San Diego Unified says it best: The tough-on-crime, zero tolerance policies America used to fight the war on drugs in the past few decades shifted to … Continue reading

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San Diego Unified’s Discipline Plan Exists – On a Shelf

By Mario Koran The San Diego Unified School District disciplines black and Latino students more often and more harshly than other students, and “has been diligently working on addressing disproportionate suspensions rates” for years, said R. Vernon Moore, the district’s … 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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Traveling Theater Troupe Sparks Conversations About School Discipline

Actors from the interactive play ZERO, which focuses on the problem of over suspension in Sacramento public schools. (L to R) Crandal Rankins, Alise Guilford, Sophia Hicks, Roman Allen, Steven Daugherty, Spenser Bradley, Bahni Turpin. | Photo Courtesy of Aces … Continue reading

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