punitive discipline

Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Harsher School Discipline Isn’t the Answer to School Shootings

In the 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School took the lives of 12 students and one teacher, more than 187,000 students in…

By Nina Leuzzi

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

When 5-Year-Old Black Boys Are Suspended at Higher Rates From School, It’s Time to Talk About Racial Bias

The latest Government Accountability Office analysis of school discipline policies has everyone talking about the disproportionate rates at which Black students are disciplined in school.…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Apr. 5, 2018

Educators Take Center Stage at Betsy DeVos’ Summit on School Discipline

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, hosted a summit yesterday on school safety and climate so that she could hear from people—including educators—who have been…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 1, 2018

If You’re Going to Argue About Reforming School Discipline, at Least Use Facts

The false debate over discipline reform continues raging with this misleading piece in USA Today from Gail Heriot, a University of San Diego law professor…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 15, 2018

If You Give White Teachers Guns, I’m Pulling My Black Son out of School

On December 14, 2012, a shooter walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children and six adults. My firstborn son was…

By Danielle Slaughter

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Do I Really Have to Say That Suspensions Hurt Kids?

In the recent article “Suspension Bans Hurt Kids,” which argues that a ban on “willful defiance” suspensions in Los Angeles public schools has led to…

By Christina Kim

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

Turns Out Arresting Kids in School Is Totally a Race Thing

I was in my sophomore year at an all-boys’ Catholic high school in the Bronx the first time I saw a school administrator lay hands…

By Stephan Maldonado

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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

What Do We Actually Know About Discipline Reform?

Question: Which does more harm? Over-suspending disruptive kids, which denies them learning time and contributes to the dropout rate. Under-suspending disruptive kids, which undermines the…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term.…

By Tynisha Jointer

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Posted Jan. 30, 2018

Don’t Stop the Office for Civil Rights From Providing Strong and Fair Oversight on School Discipline

We know that students of color and those with disabilities are disproportionately suspended and expelled from public schools, whether in district or charter. The Civil Rights…

By Paul O’Neill

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

Last week, two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks here in Philadelphia. They were waiting for a friend who arrived shortly after…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Apr. 19, 2018

ICE Took My Students’ Parents Away

In my classroom there is a poster that says, “Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up.” This poster is more than some…

By Derek Voiles

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Posted Apr. 18, 2018

Here’s How We’re Giving Rich, White Families a Stealth School Voucher

Rich, mostly White homeowners are officially on welfare. I know. I was as surprised as you are. But millions of affluent homeowners filed their taxes…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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