Alternatives to Zero-Tolerance
If you are: The boy who goes to school wearing lipstick and gets bullied. The girl who was not expecting a racy photo she took for the boy she was dating to be forwarded to members of her class to result in receiving, “U R a slut” text messages. The student who gets made fun of by both educators and peers because she has same-sex parents. The student who was groped inappropriately by another walking down the hall.
DSC-NY and CUNY Law Students Discuss Denial of Students’ Right to an Education through Zero Tolerance Disciplinein
On Tuesday November 1st, the Dignity in Schools Campaign NY (DSC-NY) and CUNY School of Law hosted a panel discussion, “Suspended Opportunities: The Effect of Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies in New York City Public Schools” at the CUNY law school campus in Queens. The goals of the panel were to generate a dialogue about the effects of school suspensions and to discuss disciplinary alternatives. Professor Susan Markus, a CUNY faculty member who also serves as an Impartial Hearing Officer, moderated the panel. The panelists included Sarah Arvey, a middle school teacher in Queens and member of Teachers Unite, Chima Agwu, a high school senior at Belmont Preparatory High School in the Bronx and leader at Sistas and Brothas United, Johanna Miller, Assistant Advocacy Director at New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and Matthew Delaforte, who works with special education students and charter schools. The panel was attended by law students, Hearing Officers who oversee school suspension cases in NYC, and other city officials and allies.
DSC-NY: High Suspension Rates Will Continue Unless Bloomberg and Walcott Take Action to Implement Positive Alternativesin
VOYCE’s report, “Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance,” illustrates the true impact that harsh discipline policies have had on the educational experiences of CPS students, including the following:
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2011
Dignity in Schools / Alliance for Educational Justice
By Annette, Fuentes
By Annette Fuentes
The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, Texas
The purpose of this conference is to bring together, for the first time, an international group of leading policy makers, attorneys, educators, children's rights activists, and researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., anthropology, criminology, history, medicine psychology, social work, & sociology) as well as other interested i
The Center for Effective Discipline
Conducted by the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, this study is one of the first studies to closely examine the impact of restorative justice on an American inner-city school. Researchers spent one year observing a restorative justice program at the Cole Middle School in West Oakland, California, interviewing teachers, students, and parents.
Learn more about the basics of Restorative Practices and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports with this quick two-pager.
Dignity in Schools Campaign members took Capitol Hill by storm this week.
"Zero Tolerance Policies in Context: A Preliminary Investigation to Identify Actions to Improve School Discipline and School Safety," Prepared for the Canadian Association of Principals.<
Canadian Association of Principals
This article provides a brief national overview of zero tolerance policies, highlighting racial discrepancies in their application. It also looks at a Tennessee case study, explaining that zero-tolerance policies have not deterred misbehavior in schools; in fact, suspensions/expulsions have steadily increased.
American School Board Journal
The Alternatives to Zero-Tolerance Working Group develops policy recommendations and national action strategies for promoting positive alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline, such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, restorative practices, conflict resolution and mediation programs.