Study: Restorative Practices Can Reduce Racial Disparities in Suspensions

Summary:  This article reports on a study done in the Pittsburgh Public Schools of restorative practice programs.  The study found that there was a significant reduction in the number of days that students were suspended, particularly at the elementary level and among black students.  Other concerns with the results of this study are noted in the article.

Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, January 3, 2019

Description:  “While the study shows that restorative practices can reduce such disparities, teachers surveyed in the district said they didn’t think it was an effective approach for some “repeat offenders,” especially those with mental health issues, suggesting that schools will need additional strategies for students with ongoing behavior challenges.”

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