November 24, 2014
In response to efforts in many California school districts to reduce suspensions and expulsions, EdSource is convening an Educators Network for Effective School Discipline to help school and district officials as well as teachers share best practices and collaborate on successful strategies.
November 18, 2014
Even though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, a new report concludes.
November 9, 2014
Hayward school officials, police, businesses and churches are taking a gentle approach to reducing high truancy rates among students. Merchants are refusing to serve school-aged youths during school hours, and if students persist, police take them back to school to get them help staying in class.
October 8, 2014
A state judge Wednesday ordered the California Department of Education to intervene at a south Los Angeles high school where some students have spent eight weeks in classes during which they received no instruction.
October 6, 2014
Educators who want to implement more positive disciplinary practices can now access an online national repository of research-based alternatives to suspension and expulsion: the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD).
October 2, 2014
With districts working this fall to put into action their first locally created school accountability plans, the California Department of Education rolled out a new online resource center on Thursday designed to help schools change.
September 2, 2014
Fourth- and 8th-grade students who reported more absences from school had poorer scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), generally referred to as the nation’s report card, in reading and math in 2013, according to a report released Tuesday.
August 28, 2014
Legislation that would make it easier for the state and school districts to track chronic absenteeism, an early indicator of students at risk of dropping out, will soon reach Gov. Jerry Brown, where it faces an uncertain fate.
August 21, 2014
The decision of the Compton Unified School District board to allow campus police to keep semi-automatic rifles in the trunks of their cars has sparked controversy. But Compton is just the latest school district in California where school police are authorized to use assault-style weapons.
August 19, 2014
Students involved in relatively minor offenses on school campuses will no longer be cited or arrested under Los Angeles Unified's new policy, which takes effect this school year and spells out alternatives district police officers must follow. Community advocates have been working with the district to change the approach taken by school police.
July 29, 2014
Superintendents say teachers are the group most likely to object to policies that would reduce student suspensions, according to a new national survey on school discipline released Monday by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the nonprofit advocacy group the Children’s Defense Fund.
July 22, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown and advocates for less punitive disciplinary policies have compromised on a bill that would prevent administrators from expelling students for “willful defiance,” according to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, who is sponsoring the bill. It would also prevent schools from suspending and sending home K-3 students.