Friday, May 18, 2012

SEVERE DISCIPLINE DOES NOT MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER


Educating California students fairly

On June 8, we'll be honoring the many committed advocates and activists leading the fight for civil liberties in Southern California, featuring video presentations by The Daily Show's Aasif Mandviand the activist rock band Rise Against.
Across California, public school students are suspended and expelled at alarming rates -- often for minor misbehavior that used to mean a trip to the principal's office or a talk with a school counselor.
It's a disturbing trend and it doesn't work. Research shows that severe discipline does nothing to make schools safer or to improve graduation rates. Students of color, students with disabilities and LGBT students are particularly likely to be suspended or expelled. There’s no evidence that the excessive discipline these students face is due to higher rates of misbehavior.
The State Assembly is currently considering AB 1729, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, which would ensure that school leaders have access to effective and proven policies that get at the core issues behind a student’s behavior and create a safer environment for all kids. This bill will keep kids in school and teach them to exercise appropriate behavior.
Now that would lead to school safety. Tell your assemblymember to support AB 1759.

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