The movement away from harsh discipline policies and toward positive discipline and accountability approaches is aimed at keeping children in school.
Resources on Closing the School Discipline Gap
- Cops and Counselors: How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff is Harming Students, ACLU
- A Crisis of Disrupted Learning, Oregon Education Association
- NEA’s Policy Brief on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
- Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles
Legislative History on Alternative Discipline in California:
- In 2013, the Legislature passed AB 420, which prohibited willful defiance suspensions statewide for grades K-3 until July 2018.
- The ban on K-3 suspensions was made permanent in a 2018-19 budget trailer bill.
- SB 419 now extends the existing ban on willful defiance suspensions to grades 4 and 5 statewide, with the prohibition on such suspensions for grades 6 through 8, sunsetting in five years. Source