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TEA grant to School of Social Work Will take innovative discipline program statewide
from the University of Texas press release: School and district administrators across Texas will be offered training in Restorative Discipline, an alternative to “zero tolerance” methods, through a grant from the Texas Education Agency to the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD) at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Restorative Discipline is a prevention-oriented approach that fosters accountability and amends-making to resolve school conflict such as bullying, truancy and disruptive behavior. The $521,000 grant will be used to conduct training sessions in Restorative Discipline in 10 Education Service Centers, which provide support to school districts and charter schools throughout the state....
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Restorative justice has unanticipated results
from the article by Christine Wolf in the Chicago Tribune: Imagine this scenario: the sound of shattering glass echoes through your condo building as you watch two boisterous teenagers bolt down your street. Much later, after you've helped to clean up the mess and cut your hand on the shard-crusted baseball launched through a lobby window, you're asked to participate in a Restorative Justice Victim-Offender Family Conferencing Program. Your local police department wants you to face the troublemakers and help create a plan to address their behavior. Would you do it? I'd like you to consider why you should....
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CNCR Debuts Database of U.S. Restorative Justice Legislation
from the news release from Georgia State University: The Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) at Georgia State University College of Law has introduced a downloadable database detailing state-by-state use of restorative justice in the criminal justice system. “The new database will help those looking to draft new legislation or start new programs,” said Carolyn Lambert, CNCR’s project director. “The project is a real group effort. There is no database this comprehensive to date.”...
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Suspensions, expulsions fall
from the article by Pat Maio in U-T San Diego: Suspensions and expulsions fell dramatically at public schools in San Diego County in 2013-14 as educators embraced alternative ways to keep kids in school ahead of a new state law aimed at softening how disruptive students are disciplined. The decline in students getting kicked out of school was echoed throughout the state, according to data recently released by the California Department of Education....
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‘Peace hubs’ aim to save kids from crime stigma
from the article by Rod Watson in Buffalo News: VOICE-Buffalo’s effort to create “peace hubs” in churches, mosques, synagogues and other neighborhood anchors could resolve low-level conflicts before they ever reach police. It’s part of a “restorative justice” effort to turn around wayward youth before they get ensnared in a criminal-justice system staffed by many who don’t understand the neighborhoods they patrol or the young people they prosecute. It’s not an effort to coddle criminals; it’s an effort to save kids.
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DSW adopts new approach to loss prevention
from the article by Christine Kern in Integrated Solutions for Retailers: DSW, Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Corrective Education Company (CEC), to incorporate the CEC Restorative Justice Education solution into its Loss Prevention program. DSW Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, operates 431 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. DSW also supplies footwear to 370 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group.
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An alternative to suspension and expulsion: 'Circle up!'
from the story by Eric Westervelt on NPR: Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students. At Edna Brewer Middle School, the fact that students are taking the lead — that so many want to be part of this effort — shows that it's starting to take root. "Instead of throwing a punch, they're asking for a circle, they're backing off and asking to mediate it peacefully with words," says Ta-Biti Gibson, the school's restorative justice co-director. "And that's a great thing."
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The new face of county justice
from the article in Mille Lacs Messenger: Walsh has experience as an attorney in private practice and said this about his upcoming venture of being the new Mille Lacs County Attorney: “I am honored and humbled to be chosen as your next county attorney. Over the past year, I have made a personal effort to show that I favor leadership by example over mere words and am willing to work hard to earn your trust. That will continue as I begin to do the hard work of representing the people of Mille Lacs County. This office belongs to the people, and I will do everything in my power to protect our residents and rebuild our community when it has been harmed.”
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Oregon’s 'Forever Crimes' law hurts Black families
from the article by Helen Silvis in the Skanner News: A law that was designed to keep students safe is having the opposite effect on some students—especially youth of color. Oregon Statute 342.143 lists 69 crimes that disqualify you from working in an Oregon school. Anyone who has committed one of these “Forever Crimes” is barred from working with students forever. No matter how long ago the crime was committed, or how much good the person has done since, “Forever Crimes” never go away. What’s more, Oregon school districts have extended the law to apply to volunteers. That means if you were convicted of selling drugs within 1000 feet of a school or sexting a picture of your girlfriend when you were a teenager, you can forget about volunteering in your daughter’s classroom or going on a field trip with your grandson....
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Conflicts and in-school suspensions drop sharply at Middle School during second year of “restorative discipline” initiative
from the article on the University of Texas website: Truancy, bullying and other conflicts among students are down, and in-school suspensions have declined 75 percent at a San Antonio middle school two years after University of Texas at Austin researchers helped implement “restorative discipline” as an alternative to “zero tolerance” in dealing with these issues, according to second-year findings involving a three-year initiative. The marked improvement at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio’s North East Independent School District also was reflected by its being ranked in the top 25 percent statewide for improved progress this year, said Marilyn Armour, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work and director of the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue. She said the middle school made substantial gains in student school performance as measured by the number of students who passed the state exam’s math and reading components....
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