Blanchfield: The increase in giving law enforcement and other agencies a larger role in punishment for school offenses eventually weakens school discipline.
Discipline & Equity
Read responses from Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund; Daniel Domenech of the School Superintendents Association, or AASA; Loretta Johnson of the American Federation of Teachers; Leticia Smith-Evans of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund; and Kyle Blanchfield of the Northern New York Centers for Conflict Resolution.
Edelman & Domenech: In 2014, out-of-school suspensions are an outdated practice, and too often suspended students are the students most in need of extra support.
Johnson: Transparency, consistency and, perhaps most important, accountability must become commonplace; they must be the practice for all and not the punishment for a few.
Smith-Evans: It is critical that the individuals disciplining students in a discriminatory manner be held accountable for their actions