From Policy to Standard Practice: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools

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This new report by the High HOPES Campaign, which includes DSC members Blocks Together and POWER-PAC among others, is the result of a thorough year-long process of collecting information from restorative justice experts, practitioners, educators, youth, parents, and community members. During this yearlong process, Campaign members interviewed different stakeholders; reviewed studies, re-­ports, and other documentation; and even held an all-­day summit attended by close to 100 people. The data collected in this report shows that suspensions and expulsions do not make schools safer but instead negatively affect the school environment; have long-­damaging effects on student behavior, learning and academic achievement; and contribute to higher dropout rates and violence.

March 14, 2012
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