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April 7, 2017
How one Memphis student is elevating the conversation about school discipline
A student-organized poster campaign serves as a catalyst for discussions about the climate of White Station High School and disparities in discipline.
Black girls and trauma
March 2, 2017
Here’s how one Memphis school is changing the way it disciplines girls of color
Aspire Coleman responds to research pointing to trauma as a root of disciplinary problems that lead to higher rates of suspension among black girls.
March 2, 2017
Colorado could be at the forefront in cutting back on early childhood suspensions and expulsions. Here’s how.
A proposed state law would limit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for Colorado preschool and early elementary students.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Ten stories defining Tennessee public education in 2016
From testing and standards to school funding and bus safety, Tennessee has navigated a tumultuous and historic year.
November 22, 2016
U.S. education chief wants Tennessee, other states to stop paddling their students
Citing research that corporal punishment is harmful and ineffective, John King asks Tennessee and 21 other states to prohibit it.
October 25, 2016
Why Memphis hopes principals stop worrying about sagging pants and start welcoming students warmly
Chief Academic Officer Heidi Ramirez says the way to change discipline practices in Memphis is to change teachers' and administrators' relationships with students.
October 21, 2016
First Person: What the shift to restorative justice looked like in my KIPP school
When a student defaced our school with angry graffiti, we asked him direct questions in more than a dozen conferences. "Soft"? We ask to be judged by results.
September 28, 2016
Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach.
Pre-schoolers might be tiny, but they get suspended and expelled in big numbers.A new study suggests that real change only happens with real teacher training.
August 24, 2016
How should schools handle sexting? Not like they are now, Denver professor says
A Denver professor argues for a different approach to sexting: Let teens do it as long as its consensual and focus on discouraging privacy violations and harassment.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
August 22, 2016
Chancellor Fariña: ‘Kids aren’t supermarket items that you can move around’
When Chalkbeat interviewed the chancellor last week, she was proud of her efforts thus far, but mindful of the need to show concrete results.
August 16, 2016
Tennessee teachers are still happier in their jobs. But here’s how they aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with their principals
Tennessee’s annual educator survey is out, and it shows that teachers and administrators don't see eye-to-eye on discipline policies.
August 4, 2016
What experts on preschool expulsion talked about at the Colorado governor’s mansion this week
The national conversation about whether it’s appropriate to expel 3- and 4-year-olds came to Denver on Wednesday with a briefing by some of the field's leading experts.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
April 21, 2016
De Blasio’s district-charter partnerships start with a focus on school discipline
The new partnerships — which the city expects to spend $18 million to support over the next four years — are one part of Mayor de Blasio’s “Equity and Excellence” plan.
April 6, 2016
Schools combine meditation and brain science to help combat discipline problems
When students and teachers both learn about how their brains influence behavior, one expert says, discipline can become less confrontational and more of a partnership.
The discipline divide
March 22, 2016
Suspended countless times as a child, this professor is tackling racial disparities in preschool discipline
As a child, Rosemarie Allen was suspended and expelled numerous times. Now, she's working to reduce the frequency of such disciplinary methods, especially for children of color.
March 8, 2016
Beyond the viral video: Inside educators’ emotional debate about ‘no excuses’ discipline
The discipline question finds individual students, teachers, and parents pulled between two poles of a heated, high-stakes, and very personal debate. Here's a primer.
By the numbers
October 30, 2015
School suspensions fall sharply, but continue to land most heavily on black students
Schools gave out about 9,000 fewer suspensions in 2014-15 than in the previous academic year.
July 30, 2015
Under pressure, Raleigh-Egypt High School posts scores high enough to escape state intervention
Of 19 Memphis schools so low-performing that they could be absorbed by the state-run Achievement School District, 12 had test score gains big enough to stop that from happening.
July 28, 2015
IPS aims to scale back suspensions and expulsions
Teachers will get guidance on how to interpret the new student code of conduct.
July 23, 2015
IPS officials participate in discipline summit at White House
Three Indianapolis Public School officials were among more than 40 school districts from around the country in D.C. Wednesday for the #RethinkDiscipline Summit.
July 22, 2015
New law encourages use of grants, data to improve discipline
House Bill 1635 requires city schools disaggregate discipline data by factors such as race and gender. It also offers grants for those that adopt new discipline models.
July 10, 2015
Discipline reporting changes could explain why black children are suspended more
Beginning in 2016, schools will have new categories to choose from when reporting their discipline data in an effort to make the data more specific.
April 21, 2015
What Eva Moskowitz gets wrong about restorative discipline
A teacher turned discipline researcher says that, contrary to what Moskowitz argues, “restorative schools” achieve joy, safety, and learning while suspending few students.
February 16, 2015
Talk it out: Restorative justice techniques help school communities rethink approaches to discipline
Schools such as Nashville's Pearl-Cohn High School are getting positive results from programs addressing disciplinary issues through approaches based on resolution and reconciliation rather than just detention and suspension.
December 22, 2014
After 40 years, official in charge of Office of Safety and Youth Development to retire
The official who has overseen the Department of Education’s Office of Safety and Youth Development for the last decade is preparing to leave the…
a different approach
June 23, 2014
As city prepares to rethink school discipline, a look at restorative justice programs in action
What do restorative justice practices look like in action at Validus Preparatory Academy?
April 9, 2014
“Reorganizing public education can be messy”: A conversation about charter school growth with Greg Richmond
Chalkbeat spoke with Greg Richmond, the CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, about what Shelby County citizens and educators should be aware of as the number of charter schools grows.
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