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June 15, 2017
Here’s what male teachers of color want their districts to know about them
They're in high demand but also exiting the profession at a high rate at a time when Tennessee is making investments to diversify its teaching workforce.
the gender gap
June 8, 2017
Girls outnumber boys in charter schools, study shows. Here’s why that matters.
As of the 2010–11, 50.7 percent of charter school students were girls, compared to 48.8 percent of students in traditional public schools — a small but notable gap.
Dealing with discipline
May 25, 2017
Former Newark schools chief Cami Anderson’s new mission: getting schools to rethink student discipline
After a rocky tenure as superintendent of the Newark Public Schools, Cami Anderson is now working with charter networks and school districts to reform…
May 25, 2017
Frustrated with high suspension rates, Memphis schools shift to restorative justice
Taking a cue from Nashville, Memphis school leaders are working to change the way their educators discipline students in Shelby County Schools.
October 25, 2016
Tennessee students more likely to be suspended if they’re black boys — or live in Memphis
The latest data shows half of suspensions in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.
August 11, 2016
What’s next for the city’s controversial proposal to ban suspensions for grades K-2?
The new policy is expected to take effect sometime this fall, but members of the public can still weigh in.
August 10, 2016
Colorado’s suspension rate may not be as high as recent report found
The number of suspensions more than doubled in those Colorado districts.
July 26, 2016
Yes, teachers do want safer schools, and ending suspensions is an important step
The lives of black youth matter, and we have to keep them in the classroom.
May 11, 2016
Why should schools move away from suspensions? We asked student activists to weigh in
Over pizza one recent afternoon, a group of students from high schools that have adopted new discipline approaches explain what has changed.
April 28, 2016
First Person: How can we teach students to be productive members of a community by removing them from it?
As public school educators, we cannot allow for our frustrations with the sloppy rollout of restorative practices in New York City to justify a call for punitive discipline.
April 20, 2016
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
Some teachers say schools are not giving suspensions even when they're warranted, and their union says teachers need more training and support.
a c+ for dps
April 11, 2016
Denver Public Schools pledges to address student discipline concerns
Acting DPS chief Susana Cordova made the promises in response to a new report that highlights racial disparities, concerns about underreporting of data, other issues.
how low will they go?
March 31, 2016
School suspensions continue to drop sharply under de Blasio
Schools gave out 31 percent fewer suspensions in the first half of this school year than they did in 2014.
March 8, 2016
Viral video of a teacher tearing a student's paper sparks renewed school discipline debate
In the weeks since a viral video exposed what critics described as “no excuses” gone too far, parents and educators across the country have rekindled a debate about how far is too far when it comes to punishing kids.
March 7, 2016
‘No excuses’ no more? Charter schools rethink discipline after focus on tough consequences
As the charter sector grows, some school leaders say they're tweaking behavioral codes slightly as they search for the right balance.
February 18, 2016
A strong push is needed to make discipline more fair for all students, panelists say
About 70 people, including the mayor and superintendent, gathered for a conversation on school equity.
February 18, 2016
As de Blasio pushes fewer suspensions, advocacy group attacks school safety record
An advocacy group known for its opposition to de Blasio’s education policies says the mayor misled the public about a drop in violence in New York City schools.
December 3, 2015
An app to track behavior is one tool schools are using to promote fairer discipline
Two Teach Plus groups work to find strategies to reduce high discipline rates for black and Hispanic students.
November 13, 2015
De Blasio faces questions about class size, discipline, and testing at town hall
Members of the public grilled the mayor on crowded classes and school discipline during a two-hour-plus education forum Thursday night.
November 2, 2015
New wave of discipline changes could pave way to reduce number of school metal detectors
The plans continue his administration’s effort to shift the school system away from discipline policies that remove misbehaving students from school.
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.
October 9, 2015
Coalition proposes sweeping changes to state’s school discipline law to reduce suspensions
The changes would also require schools to consider alternatives to suspension, including methods meant to de-escalate conflict.
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
City task force recommends new ways to reduce school suspensions
A fraction of schools accounts for an outsize portion of serious school punishments, according to a new report.
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.
Where We Stand
April 10, 2015
Report: Students of color still more likely to face harsh discipline in Colorado schools
Harsh disciplinary actions were less common in Colorado schools during the 2013-14 school year than in previous ones, according to a report.
maintaining the spotlight
April 6, 2015
Success Academy: A guide to the city’s largest, most controversial charter-school network
There has been an ongoing fascination with the city’s largest and most polarizing charter school network as it grows in size and in scope within the education landscape.
March 31, 2015
Suspensions down 10 percent this school year as city prepares to apply new policies
Suspensions in city schools over the first seven months of the school year are down 10 percent compared to that period last year, officials said Tuesday.
March 18, 2015
Fariña on McDonald’s beating: ‘outraged would be an understatement’
"What I saw on that video served as a stark reminder that our young people need more than an academic education in our schools," Fariña wrote.
February 23, 2015
Students suspended at an ‘alarmingly high’ rate in Memphis, report says
More than 40 percent of all black middle and high school students in Memphis were suspended at least once during the 2011-12 school year – an "alarmingly high" rate, say authors of a new statistical analysis.
February 23, 2015
Suspensions at city charter schools far outpace those at district schools, data show
Charter schools suspended 11 percent of their students in 2011-12.
February 23, 2015
How Chalkbeat analyzed district and charter-school suspensions
Here’s what we considered in our analysis of charter school suspension data.
February 13, 2015
Long-awaited discipline policy changes further restrict suspensions, restraints
The plan includes a new review process for suspensions for insubordination, though advocates say there's more to be done.
February 11, 2015
Council Speaker adds high-profile voice to calls for school discipline reform
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Wednesday that she will push the city to further reduce suspensions.
January 28, 2015
Educators worry legislature's effort to cut red tape could go too far
When are state rules for schools "distractions" or "red tape" and when do they matter to protecting kids or helping them learn?
By the numbers
October 31, 2014
Spring suspensions drop as overall figures hold steady
Virtually the same number of students were suspended in 2013-14 as were suspended the year before, ending a recent trend of steep declines, according to new data from the Department of Education.
October 29, 2014
City dragging its feet on school discipline overhaul, NYCLU says
Children as young as five are still being handcuffed in schools too often, advocates say, and there's been no word from the city about promised changes.
September 3, 2014
Changes to school discipline policies delayed again
Unlike in years past, the Department of Education will not make any updates to the discipline code as the school year begins this week.
June 25, 2014
As discipline code revisions delayed, advocates want some suspensions banned
Advocates want the revised code to ban suspensions for Infraction B21, or “defying or disobeying authority.”
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?
June 20, 2014
City preparing to expand restorative justice programs
The city is poised to dramatically expand restorative justice programs aimed at improving school climate and rethinking school discipline next year.
June 20, 2014
Rise & Shine: Rural school district to push for waivers from reforms
May 21, 2014
An overlooked part of fixing school discipline policies: reducing fear
A behavior coach and former Bronx school administrator argues that overhauling teachers understand misbehavior and interact with their toughest students is key to improving school discipline policies.
April 22, 2014
Fewer expulsions but huge racial disparities in Denver’s discipline numbers
Denver Public School’s disciplinary actions overwhelming target students of color, according to a report released Tuesday. The report was produced…
Policing the Schools
March 28, 2014
School suspensions, expulsions down but racial disparities still exist in Colorado schools
"The country has been watching us," said State Sen. Linda Newell. "I'm ecstatic we're already seeing positive results. But our work is not done. We need to ensure our children walk out with a diploma, not a criminal record."
January 24, 2014
What it took for me to start listening to my “difficult” students
Teacher Sarah Camiscoli writes that it wasn’t until several months into her first year teaching, after her relationship with one student had soured, that she began to recognize the role inexperienced teachers play in pushing students out of classrooms instead of finding ways to keep them in.
October 31, 2013
Suspensions fall, but disparities for some students persist
Student suspensions have plummeted in the last school year, but the rate is falling more slowly for black students and students with special needs, according to an analysis of new disciplinary data released by the Department of Education. A total of 53,465 suspensions were handed out to students in the 2012-2013 school year, a 23 percent decrease over the 2011-2012 school year, when nearly students received nearly 70,000 suspensions. That's a significantly larger decline since the numbers began dropping in 2011-2012, after a new transparency law began requiring the city to release detailed data about suspensions and student safety. "Sunshine is a great medicine," said Johanna Miller, advocacy director at New York Civil Liberties Union, which pushed for the transparency laws in 2010.
August 23, 2013
Quinn calls for principals to have more school discipline power
Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn shakes the hand of Cheyanne Smith, who will be a senior at the Bushwick School for Social Justice and has worked with the Urban Youth Collaborative. Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for principals to have more control over disciplinary decisions in schools. But she stopped short of saying she would transfer full authority back to principals from the New York Police Department. While the Bloomberg administration has famously considered principals to be the CEOs of their schools, principals’ authority does not extend to safety agents, who since 1998 have been under the authority of the New York Police Department in an arrangement that advocates say breeds tension. Some Democratic candidates for mayor have said they would restore authority to principals if elected. But Quinn said she would seek a healthy balance between the NYPD and educators' influence in school discipline. "I think you want the school safety agents to also have NYPD training, you want them to also have that focus," she said at a press conference at City Hall today. "But we want the majority of focus and we want final decisions to be made by the principals. That's critical."
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