Restorative justice programs represent a fundamental cultural shift in the way schools view behavioral issues and discipline. The district has taken many steps to embrace restorative programs, but they’re limited by a lack of funds and staff.
The O’Farrell Charter School sees a fraction of the fights as Lincoln High, two miles west. Based on surveys area principals conducted with parents, violence is a big part of the reason why 70 percent of southeastern San Diego families opt for charters or schools in other neighborhoods.
There’s a link between school discipline policies and students who enter the justice system. Folks call it the school-to-prison pipeline. Mid-City Community Advocacy Network, or Mid-City CAN, is a City Heights-based organization that advocates for restorative justice, a new approach to school discipline that hopes to disrupt that flow. On this week’s podcast, Diana Ross, executive director of Mid-City CAN, joined […]
A few years ago, San Diego Unified launched pilot program aimed at incorporating a new approach to school discipline, called restorative justice. It’s well received where it’s implemented, and the district has touted its use following high-profile incidents of violence on school campuses. But the program has only been implemented at a small handful of schools.
A national outlet called Lincoln High a charter school where on-campus assaults happen “almost daily.” It’s not, and they don’t.
A new law banning some uses of the catch-all category used to punish students is part of a broader shift away from punitive measures like expulsions and out-of-school suspensions that are doled out far more often to students of color.
The new year presents a test for the district to respond to the needs of English learners, a new approach to school discipline, Common Core and more.
San Diego Unified is right to consider low teacher experience a factor in lopsided suspension rates. But teachers aren’t solely to blame — they often have to cope with the fallout from issues beyond their control, like a lack of affordable housing, unemployment and underserved neighborhoods.
A line buried in a San Diego Unified report indicates less-experienced teachers might suspend students more often because they lack classroom management skills. That idea validates the fundamental point made in Vergara v. California – that the weakest teachers disproportionately end up in low-income schools.
San Diego Unified’s new approach to school discipline amounts to an entire paradigm shift. But it’s still not sure what to do with the catch-all “willful defiance” punishment that can ensnare kids for minor rule-breaking.