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Suspensions, expulsions fall

Feb 05, 2015

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....

Don Buchheit, interim assistant superintendent with the county’s Board of Education, said suspensions and expulsions have declined throughout San Diego County because schools are turning to restorative justice practices that promote respect, taking responsibility and strengthening relationships.

“We try to make a wrong right, and restore relationships and keep students in school,” Buchheit said.

Restorative justice practices can include holding conferences where students, educators, therapists and sometimes family members talk about developing appropriate consequences for bad behavior. Billed as a more compassionate approach to discipline, it gives educators more flexibility when deciding how to reprimand students who act out and break rules....

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