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Research to Practice Collaborative Releases Briefing Papers on Disparities in School Discipline

March 14, 2014

Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice  CollaborativeThe Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative has released a series of briefing papers that will inform policymakers about disparities in school discipline policies based on race/ethnicity, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. This research follows the federal guidance that the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released on January 8, 2014, outlining civil rights obligations for school systems in administering discipline and detailing best practices to improve school climate. Through the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, OJJDP and the Departments of Justice and Education coordinate their work with other public and private entities to address harsh and exclusionary school disciplinary policies that push youth out of school and into the justice system. “These research briefs fill a gap in our understanding of how schools’ zero tolerance policies remove too many children from their classrooms and push them into the juvenile justice system,” said OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee. “OJJDP joins with our partners across the federal government, private entities, states, tribes, and communities to ensure that our schools become safe, welcoming, and productive education environments for all of our nation’s children.”

Resources:

Access the school discipline guidance package released by the Departments of Justice and Education to help states, districts, and schools enhance school climate and improve discipline policies and practices.

Read more about the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.