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June 23, 2015

Advocates Tout L.A. Unified Budget That Restricts Spending on School Police

Advocates of restorative justice announced a victory Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Unified School District announced the reallocation of some school-policing funds toward programs meant to improve school climate.

June 19, 2015

Justice Department Resolves 'School-to-Prison Pipeline' Case in Mississippi

The federal agency sued the city of Meridian, the state of Mississippi, Lauderdale County, Miss.,Youth Court and the Youth Court Judges in 2012 alleging "systematic violations of youths' due process rights."

May 27, 2015

Change in Leadership Leads to Increased Suspensions in Minneapolis

Reducing suspensions was one of former Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's top priorities. Soon after she left the job in December, the district's suspensions were on the rise.

April 24, 2015

The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Pondering Popularity Edition

Young students answer what makes a kid popular (hint: Instagram followers). Plus, links on engagement, race, discipline, and school safety.

April 07, 2015

Will Crowd-Sourced Suspension Stories Lead to Policy Changes?

DoSomething.org, which previously asked students to tweet photos of school lunches they wanted to toss in the trash, is trying a similar strategy with stories of school suspensions.

April 03, 2015

The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Fight Over Discipline Edition

Charter school founder Eva Moskowitz once again squares off against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, this time criticizing his approach to school discipline. Plus links on mascots, trauma, and bullies.

March 24, 2015

School Requires Students to Clean Building as Alternative to Suspensions

In newspaper report, an administrator compared the practice to roadside inmate work crews. When it comes to school discipline, where's the line between community service and free labor? And how prescriptive should districts be?

March 20, 2015

The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Bad Adult Behavior Edition

It's hard to teach kids to treat their peers with kindness when they see such a lack of empathy in adults. Plus, links on pre-k attendance, gender nonconformity and school dress codes, and more.

March 19, 2015

Student Suspension Rates Drop in Chicago Schools, Study Finds

The decreases come as teachers and students report feeling safer in the city's schools, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

March 11, 2015

Montana, the Only State Without an Anti-Bullying Law, Might Adopt One

There will be an anti-bullying law in every state if Montana lawmakers approve a bill this legislative session. The proposal is less detailed and definitive than the policies in place in other states.

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