|The artwork for "Discipline", an example of the geometric shapes of the album's visual design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Breaking: Council of State Governments Tells Schools To End Zero Tolerance Discipline
Yesterday, the Council of State Governments released a report on school discipline that tells school districts to spare the rod. The report notes that an over reliance by schools on suspensions is fueling the school to prison pipeline. The report is highly critical of zero tolerance discipline policies.
The School Discipline Consensus Report mentions frequently that kids with disabilities are targeted for school discipline. Indeed the report emphasizes that children with disabilities are twice as likely as their non-disabled peers to be singled out for school discipline.
The Report was prepared by a team of over 100 policy professionals, educators, behavioral health professionals and justice system professionals. The Report includes sixty recommendations to keep kids in the classroom and out of the courtroom.
If you work in the field of school discipline, you should check out this report. You can read the entire 436 page report here. Video and press coverage of the report are available here.
I wonder if reforms will follow?