Miami-Dade Amends Code of Conduct
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) – the 4th largest district in the nation – set new rules that reduce lengthy out-of-school suspension terms and engage communities to boost positive student behavior. These revisions implement the recommendations championed by People Acting for Community Together (P.A.C.T.) on a M-DCPS task force, which was created in response to Power U Center for Social Change and allies’ organizing and advocacy over recent years.
Jacksonville Pilot Project Cuts Suspensions in Half, is Expanded Districtwide
Due to commitments secured by Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation, and Empowerment (ICARE), two Duval County, FL, schools started restorative justice projects that reduced suspensions by more than half and Student Code of Conduct violations by roughly a third during the 2011-12 school year. Based on this succes, restorative justice programs have been opened to all county middle and high schools this year.
Commitments secured from city leaders to take specific action on youth crime, the low high school graduation rate, homelessness and jobs in Duval County.
Restorative Justice Helps Raise Academic Achievement in Denver
Denver North High School reported double-digit gains in reading, science, and Advanced Placement passing scores, as well as a 58% drop in suspensions, in the 2011-12 school year. Padres y Jóvenes Unidos youth leaders spearheaded reforms that created North’s restorative justice program, which is credited with spurring academic gains and is recognized as a national model. Read more
Communities Expose School Pushout Crisis Around the Nation
As part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign’s (DSC) Week of Action on School Pushout 2012, thousands of youth-, parent- and education leaders in cities around the country promoted commonsense solutions to the school pushout crisis. For example, Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) held a rally in Buffalo, NY, where Assistant Superintendent Will Keresztes announced that the District will be “shifting from a punitive system for addressing student misconduct to a restorative one base on interventions.”
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The Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) supports grassroots organizing initiatives that work to eliminate harsh school discipline policies and practices – and that uphold the right to education for all youth. Our newsletter shares updates on parent-, youth-, and congregation-led victories, partner spotlights, news, and resources to promote positive school climates and discipline.