California districts are looking closely at their zero-tolerance discipline policies. Changes include raising awareness of the impact of trauma on students and implementing restorative justice principles, which require misbehaving students to make amends to those they have harmed. Disproportionate numbers of African-American and, to a lesser extent, Latino youth are suspended or disciplined.
The Kern High School District in the Central Valley admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to settle because changes in school discipline reflect current policies.
Legislators must decide this month before they take August off.
Stockton Unified spent nearly $3 million on school policing from state money targeted for low-income, English learner and foster youth students, the ACLU found in a data analysis.
Standard metrics often don't capture the work of schools serving at-risk students.
GreatSchools debuts a multiple-measure view of California's schools.
A California Teachers Association survey found that 40 percent of teachers had received little or no training in alternatives to suspensions.
Suspension rates are a new indicator of school success.
Entering middle school marks a turning point for students.
If the suspension rate were lowered by 1 percent in one graduating class in California, the state would avoid $180 million in economic losses, researchers at the University of California have found.
The researchers say their findings support efforts to diversify the teaching workforce.
District officials say they have responded to concerns about discipline.
Too many California preschool students are suspended, says a group of educators and policymakers.
The study focused on teachers' reactions and expectations regarding behavior.
Oakland Unified is facing compliance deadlines to prove it is monitoring students at private special education schools.
The investigation concluded that the district violated federal education and disability law.