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April 27, 2016

Can an Increase in Empathy Lead to a Drop in Suspensions?

Stanford researchers found that teachers' participation in professional development to promote empathy correlated with half as many suspensions for their students. The findings suggest that attitudes may be as important as policies in promoting healthy school climates.

April 20, 2016

Oklahoma City Schools Agree to Address High Discipline Rates for Black Students

The agreement to rework its discipline policies resolves a federal investigation that found disproportionately high rates of discipline for black students there.

April 11, 2016

San Antonio District Fires School Officer Who Body Slammed Student in Video

The school police officer was fired after a video of him body slamming a girl to the ground spread online last week.

April 08, 2016

Video: School Police Officer Body Slams Girl to the Ground

The San Antonio district expects to wrap-up its investigation of the video, in which a school officer slams a 12-year-old girl face-first on the ground, early next week.

April 07, 2016

Suit by Parents, Pro-Charter Group: N.Y.C. Schools Have School Climate Problems

The law suit claims that New York City schools do not respond adequately to violence, harassment, and bullying, creating an unsafe learning environment for students. The plaintiffs seek class-action status.

March 27, 2016

Data Lacking About How LGBT Students Are Treated at School, Researchers Say

Expanded federal data collection about LGBT students would help illuminate school climate problems and inform efforts to find solutions, researchers say in a paper released by the Equity Project and Indiana University.

March 17, 2016

Salt Lake City District to Outline Limits for School Police as Part of Settlement

The settlement follows a federal lawsuit by the ACLU over a 2010 "gang sweep" at a high school in which students of color were "rounded up, questioned, searched, and forced to be photographed holding signs describing alleged gang affiliation."

March 16, 2016

Charters Suspend Blacks, Students With Disabilities More Than Peers

Charter schools suspend students of color and students with disabilities at higher rates than their peers, a trend that mirrors disparate discipline rates in traditional public schools, a new analysis of federal data finds.

February 18, 2016

College Applications Shouldn't Ask About School Discipline Records, Group Says

Questions about school discipline on college applications compound the effects of discriminatory discipline policies and practices at the K-12 level, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said.

February 16, 2016

Virginia House Votes Down Bill That Aimed to Limit School Arrests

The bill would have prohibited school-based disorderly conduct arrests for students 14 and younger.

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