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November 24, 2015

California Suspension Rates Continue to Drop as State Changes Policy on Defiance

California districts have significantly reduced suspensions in recent years, with totals dropping from from 709,580 suspensions in 2011-12 to 503,101 in 2013-14.

November 16, 2015

Ban On Suspensions for Young Students Voted Down by Houston School Board

As part of a proposal, suspensions would be used as a last resort for pre-K-2nd grade students in the Houston district. The district will focus on training staff in positive engagement and de-escalation techniques.

November 09, 2015

New Discipline Rules Ineffective Without Training, Support, L.A. Teachers Say

Some Los Angeles teachers say that new discipline policies that reduce suspensions are creating chaos in the classroom. What should states and districts do when making such changes?

October 30, 2015

S.C. Student Arrest: Arne Duncan Says 'Schools Must Be Safe Havens'

"Our schools must be a pathway to opportunity, not a pipeline to prison," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, addressing a school arrest in South Carolina that drew attention on the internet.

October 27, 2015

FBI, Justice Department Open Civil Rights Probe of S.C. Student Arrest; Officer Fired

Videos of the violent classroom incident have sparked concerns about race, justice, and the role of police in schools.

October 26, 2015

Video Shows Police Officer Throwing Student From Desk; District Investigates

Students at a South Carolina high school recorded a school resource officer violently removing a student from her desk and dragging her across the classroom.

October 20, 2015

Teen Clockmaker's White House Visit Shines Spotlight on School Discipline

Ahmed Mohamed drew international press coverage last month when police arrested him at his school after teachers said his homemade clock looked like a "hoax bomb."

October 01, 2015

Use of Pepper Spray by School Police Violated Constitution, Judge Rules

Police in Birmingham schools used excessive force when they used a chemical agent on students who were not posing harm or resisting arrest, a federal judge ruled.

September 24, 2015

Seattle Puts a One-Year Pause on Some Suspensions for Elementary Students

Seattle joins districts around the country in exploring whether broad infractions like "defiance" are applied inconsistently across schools and student groups.

September 22, 2015

'Concentrated Disadvantage' Drives Chicago Discipline Disparities, Study Says

Controlling for race, gender, and other factors, Chicago students are more likely to be suspended if they attend schools with high rates of poverty, a new study finds.

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