Summary: Some school districts are cutting restorative justice programs because of budget constraints. The Oakland (CA) Unified School District is a prime example. The primary need for funding is teacher training since research has shown the program to be more effective when teachers are properly trained to lead the sessions.
Source: Shawna de la Rosa, Education DIVE, July 2, 2019
Description: “Teacher training is a part of making these sessions productive, which is why loss of funding can hinder their effectiveness. A small survey of 29 classrooms showed that when teachers were trained in the skill, students had stronger relationships with the teachers and that led to fewer disciplinary problems. In addition, restorative practices may foster an environment that is more conducive to learning.”