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.
School districts lose $1 billion in funding every year due to absenteeism.
The state suspends certification for two Tobinworld schools.
A new guide outlines steps districts can take to improve practices.
The data focuses on student performance in the state's priority areas.
USC Social Work and Public Policy graduate student Lisa Higuera connects stories from her childhood to today's push for school discipline reform.
The one-time funding supports multi-tiered approaches to discipline.
The one-day training is seen as the first step in dealing with chronic trauma.
The changes are part of a legal settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
Board votes to spend $2.3 million to train district staff on alternative practices.
A final decision is expected in May.
Standard School District Superintendent Paul Meyers writes how adopting a restorative justice approach reduced suspensions in a problematic middle school by more than 50%.
Survey included students in grades 7, 9 and 11.
Black students and disabled students have the highest suspension rates.
Few districts have addressed suspension and expulsion rates, report finds.