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U.S. Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained or Secluded, Watchdog Says

When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they're sometimes restrained in school, or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately…
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Report: Students of Color, Disabled Students More Likely to Receive Corporal Punishment

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA finds in states which allow corporal punishment, students of color and disabled students are more likely to receive the discipline than…
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DeVos to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on School Discipline

A federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommends rescinding Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. And, DeVos says, it urges schools to "seriously consider partnering with…
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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances? - NPR

"For the last 14 years I had been a stay at home mom and a soccer mom of three kids," says Lori Alhadeff. "On Valentine's Day my daughter was brutally shot down and murdered and I became a school safety activist." Read more.
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Stoneman Douglas Shooter Was Assigned To Controversial Broward Discipline Program, Officials Now Say - WLRN

Broward County's PROMISE Program has received backlash since leaked information has revealed that the Parkland school shooter was involved in the program when he was in middle school. Read more.  
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Planning Decisions to Successfully Launch Family Drug Court

Yesterday, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hosted Planning Decisions to Successfully Launch Family Drug Court. Webinar materials can be accessed below.   Materials PowerPoint Presentations Read, N. W., &…
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Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline - The New York Times

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on school disciplinary policies nationwide. The GAO found that African-American students are being punished disproportionately compared to Caucasian students. Read more.
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Pinellas County Schools Try 'Restorative' Approach to Deal with Racial Disparities - The Tampa Bay Times

After a 2015 investigation finding that African-American students in Pinellas County were significantly more likely to be suspended, the county began implementing a restorative justice approach to school discipline. Read more.
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How Students Get Banished to Alternative Schools - ProPublica

In this ProPublica investigation, Heather Vogell discusses the increased use of alternative schools. Read more.
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Researchers Find School Board Diversity Reduces School Suspensions - Phys.org

Florida State University released a new study showing that more diverse school boards can result in more equitable punishment for both minority and white students at educational institutions. The study also found that, in schools with large…