Lawsuit: Black students and English learners in Pittsburg Unified are disproportionately shunted into special education and subject to harsh discipline.
Harsh discipline at such an early age can have lasting consequences.
Demands for police reforms include increasing mental health services which are seen as key to helping young people, especially Black students, succeed studies say.
But the state needs to take stronger action to reform campus discipline, advocates say.
New data suggests restorative justice programs are effective at improving school climate.
The Los Angeles district may provide lessons for California as it eliminates K-8 defiance suspensions across the state.
Counseling and tutoring should be embedded in school discipline programs, experts said.
Gov. Newsom signed legislation that will ban out-of-school suspensions for disruptive behavior and willful defiance after next July.
Suspensions for willful defiance have declined sharply in recent years, but Sen. Nancy Skinner says more state action is needed.
Teachers need more support to help struggling students rather than bans that reduce their ability to manage their classrooms.
As districts have worked to reduce suspensions and expulsions, they’ve increasingly turned to restorative justice as an alternative.
Butte County’s Oroville City Elementary School District, which has a suspension rate that is three times the statewide average, is being investigated by the state Bureau of Children's Justice.
The guardians of four special education students claim their children were illegally put in restraint holds and secluded.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris championed tough-on-truancy laws while serving as San Francisco’s district attorney and California attorney general. Now she's taking heat for it on the campaign trail.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician who Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed in January, is recognized as a pioneer in the study of how adverse childhood experiences affect brain development and life-long health.