Los Angeles Board of Education Considers Reforming Discipline Policies

Los Angeles Board of Education Considers Reforming Discipline Policies

May 13, 2013 | by Teresa Wantanabe | Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Board of Education is considering a resolution to reform discipline policies in public schools, banning suspensions for willful defiance. Supporters of the resolution claim that zero-tolerance policies lead to unnecessary and harsh punishments that can threaten a student’s progress and eliminate crucial class time. On top of this, African Americans are being disproportionately impacted by these harsh discipline policies.

The Los Angeles Board of Education is considering a resolution to reform discipline policies in public schools, banning suspensions for willful defiance. Supporters of the resolution claim that zero-tolerance policies lead to unnecessary and harsh punishments that can threaten a student’s progress and eliminate crucial class time. On top of this, African Americans are being disproportionately impacted by these harsh discipline policies. The resolution proposes dealing with student’s antisocial behavior by engaging them in restorative justice mediation, aimed at having students witness and repair the harm caused by their disruptive behavior.

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