As States Seek to Reduce Suspensions, Schools Look for Ways to Handle Discipline

Summary:  This article explores strategies that can be used as alternates to suspension and expulsion.  These methods called ATS (Alternatives to Suspension) provide other means to deal with discipline issues.  A number of other approaches are also covered in this article.

Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, August 28, 2017

Categories:  Codes of Conduct, Student Behavior, Educational Equity


“Efforts to find alternative consequences have increased in recent years in an effort to reduce the racial gaps that exist in school discipline practices. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data showing that black students are three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students.  But administrators and experts note that it takes work to implement new models that teachers will support and that will truly result in students becoming accountable for their behavior….”

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