LG_socjus_restorativejustice_201aZero tolerance and other exclusionary school discipline policies are pushing kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates. Too many students are lost to our communities this way. Disciplined at disproportionate rates and with heightened severity for minor infractions that used to warrant a trip to the principal’s office, students of color are most impacted.

Positive approaches to discipline (also called restorative practices) result in improved school climates and increased educational opportunities. Where implemented well, they work –preserving a students’ opportunity to education, empowering educators with tools to address student issues and connect, and building trust in the school community.

When every student has a right to a quality education, to be treated with dignity, and to be provided with the opportunity to learn, students, educators and communities win.

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