Data show 3 of the 5 biggest school districts hire more security officers than counselors
School security officers outnumber counselors in four out of the 10 largest public school districts in the country — including three of the top five — according to data obtained by The 74. New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County and Houston schools all employ more security staff than counselors. New York City, Chicago and Miami-Dade...
By Matt Barnum | March 30, 2016
Restorative Justice program drastically lowers days lost to suspensions in LAUSD
LA Unified posted a 92 percent decrease in the number of days lost to suspensions as a result of its Restorative Justice program and the district’s new approach to discipline. In the 2007-2008 school year, a total of 74,765 days were lost to suspensions, but that number plummeted to 6,221 in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a...
By Mike Szymanski | March 24, 2016
LAUSD’s restorative justice efforts win White House applause
LA Unified’s efforts at reforming its school discipline policies were applauded at a White House national conference yesterday attended by school administrators from around the country. The day-long “Rethink Discipline” conference held up LA Unified as one of five districts that has seen positive results by moving away from “zero tolerance” disciplinary rules. LA Unified board...
By Craig Clough | July 23, 2015
A rally for more LAUSD focus on restorative justice programs
A small coalition of community organizations rallied at LA Unified headquarters today, urging district leaders to invest in more restorative justice programs and alternative schools. The Dignity in Schools Campaign joined with leaders of the parent group, CADRE, Public Counsel and the teachers union, UTLA, to celebrate, what they called “a minor victory.” Beginning next...
By Vanessa Romo | June 23, 2015
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Commentary: LA Unified schools finding hope, help in ‘Circles’
By Araceli Morfín and Raúl Ruíz Tomorrow, the LAUSD school board will ratify the 2015-16 budget, along with the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), increasing an investment in restorative justice to $7.2 million from $4.2 million. This increase is timely, as the work of restorative justice has been immensely impactful in our LAUSD schools at...
By Guest Contributors | June 22, 2015
Garcia’s School Climate Committee leads LAUSD’s restorative justice era
Rarely, there’s anything more dry than an LA Unified committee meeting, where the minutia of reports and statistics are vetted before they make their way to the full school board. But as the laboratory for forward-thinking ideas surrounding school discipline, meetings of the Successful School Climate Committee are typically anything but dull. Chaired by board...
By Craig Clough | April 3, 2015
Teary mother ‘thanks God’ for LAUSD diversion program
The LA Unified School Board’s Successful School Climate Committee got an update on the district’s diversion program, not only with statistics but also with a student who said it had changed his life and his mother, who said she “thanks God” for it. The program, which has been in effect since the beginning of the...
By Craig Clough | March 27, 2015
Less handcuffing, more counseling is working, says Chief Zipperman
Close to 300 LA Unified students who would have ended up in the criminal justice system for minor infractions in years past have been successfully diverted from it this school year, Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven Zipperman told a school board committee yesterday. The effort toward a reduction in student citations and arrests, part of...
By Craig Clough | February 4, 2015