Fix School Discipline
Why We Must Reform School Discipline in California
Instead of correcting students’ behavior and making communities and schools safer, the quick removal methods, such as out-of-school suspension and expulsion, deprive students of the chance to receive the education and help that they need, making it more likely that they will drop out of school, enter the criminal justice system, and place their future options in jeopardy. There is a much better way to hold students accountable and keep schools safe.
California and Federal Laws Require the Use of Alternative to Out-of-School Discipline
Not only do alternatives to out-of-school suspension work better, increase school success, funding and student outcomes, they are required by federal and state law.
The Good News: There are Effective Alternatives That Keep Schools Safe While Holding Students Accountable for Their Behavior
When schools need to “discipline” a student, they now have proven alternatives that can support students’ full development and help make schools better places for all students to learn. These include restorative practices, school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports, and social-emotional learning.
- Racial Bias and Discrimination: Strategies to Address Disproportionality in Discipline Head-on
Racial disparities in discipline are stark in California. When thinking about alternative discipline strategies and implementation, it is important to look closely at the causes of such disproportionate treatment and ensure your school district uses proactive strategies with any alternative approach that address the issues head-on.
- School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (SWAPBIS)
- Restorative Justice or Restorative Practices
Interviews with educators who are implementing restorative practices, school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports, and social-emotional learning in their schools.
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Other Promising Alternative Practices to Punitive School Discipline: "Trauma Sensitive" Schools and School Districts
Funding Sources for Implementing Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsion
Descriptions and links to federal, state and private funding sources to support the implementation of alternative behavioral intervention strategies that use positive developmental approaches.
Contact List: School Leaders, Experts, Community Organizations and Researchers Looking to Fix School Discipline
Contact information for experts throughout California who are available to provide training and mentoring to help educators and others interested in schools to implement positive behavioral intervention strategies.