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Council of State Governments Provides Recommendations for Student Discipline

One of the more difficult areas of our practice deals with assisting school districts through student discipline and serving as counsel to districts during student expulsions. This week, I came across an interesting article in the Washington Post which addresses the increasing difficulty districts have in dealing with student discipline, get it here: Schools Get Road Map for Improving Discipline Practices.

The article focuses on a report released by the Council of State Government's Justice Center that included 60 recommendations intended to help schools reduce suspensions and create better learning conditions for students. The 60 recommendations for change cover a number of topics and suggest that suspension be used only after taking other steps like: peer conferences, referrals to support teams and restorative practices that help make up for harms done. Here is a link to the lengthy report - The School Districts Consensus Report.