How Are States Shifting School Discipline Policies?
It is perhaps an understatement to say that school discipline is a hot topic these days. State policymakers, educators and parents across the country are concerned with the potential negative impacts of exclusionary and punitive discipline, especially as these practices often impact students of color and students with disabilities at greater rates. Here at Education Commission of the States, we get a ton of requests for information on school discipline issues. Usually, state policymakers want to learn from other states by figuring out what has worked — and what hasn’t — on topics ranging from corporal punishment to restorative justice in schools.