Wednesday, December 12, 2012 was a historic day for the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and our allies in the fight to end school pushout and ensure the human right to education for all children and young people. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first-ever Congressional hearing on "Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline."
High HOPES Passes Resolution to Reduce Suspensions and Implement Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schoolsin
The High HOPES Campaign, a Chicago coalition of eight community groups that includes DSC members Access Living, Blocks Together, POWER-PAC/COFI and Southwest Youth Collaborative, won the passage of a non-binding resolution in the Chicago City Council in May after members of the Education Committee grilled Chicago Public Schools (CPS) about their failure to implement district-wide alternative discipline approaches.
On Monday, March 12, 2012 City Council will hold a special hearing on Zero Tolerance discipline policies. Youth United for Change, YASP and other community groups will be testifying about the negative impact of Zero Tolerance in youth's lives, schools, and communities.
Blocks Together Youth and Parents at Cameron Elementary Gear Up to Support New Restorative Justice Programsin
After completing a six session intensive summer workshop series on Restorative Justice principals and practices, Leopolda Villalobos, is not satisfied. "This was just a taste of what this new way of thinking is. I realize how this is not just about helping the kids but helping me to grow as a person and I would like to meet regularly and keep going."
A pilot program to change how teachers and administrators respond to student misbehavior at an Oakland middle school led to a dramatic drop in suspensions and expulsions. During a one-year implementation of the alternative “restorative justice” program, suspensions dropped by 87 percent and expulsions dropped to zero.
UC Berkeley School of Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
Conducted by the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, this study is one of the first studies to closely examine the impact of restorative justice on an American inner-city school. Researchers spent one year observing a restorative justice program at the Cole Middle School in West Oakland, California, interviewing teachers, students, and parents.
Dan Jones of On Blast, the youth-produced radio show of the Philadelphia Student Union, interviews Lalo Montoya of Padres y Jóvenes Unidos about the organization's success in getting restorative practices implemented in Denver schools.
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National Youth Court Center
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Restorative Practices E-Forum
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Restorative Practice E-Forum, International Institute for Restorative Practices
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School Board News, National School Boards Association