Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline

Kids who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to drop out and more likely to wind up in prison than kids with similar behaviors who are not kicked out. Kids of color are more likely to be suspended or expelled than white kids are. Schools are struggling to reduce suspensions and to find other ways to make sure classrooms are calm and safe. We visit St. Paul, where parents and teachers complain that kids who should be disciplined are disrupting classrooms and causing chaos. And we visit Denver, where a grassroots group pushed the schools to stop suspending their kids and try using a restorative justice approach to discipline instead.

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