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California Districts Explore Alternatives to Student Suspension

A recently published article in the San Francisco Chronicle focuses on an issue that CTA members have been discussing for a long time: what kinds of effective steps can educators take to maintain classroom discipline while not subjecting students to the traditional penalty for egregious misbehavior - suspension from school?

At the chapter and state level, CTA members have been exploring and practicing alternatives aimed at addressing the root causes of student actions. They have been working with students so that the youngsters and teens understand and accept responsibility for their choices.

At a recent State Council meeting in Los Angeles, educators from around the state heard from a panel of experts – including classroom teachers – engaged in alternative methods.

An article in The CTA Educator provides more information about the issue.

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