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White House Convening Rethinks School Discipline

July 29, 2015

On July 22, 2015, the White House hosted Rethink School Discipline, a national convening. The event focused on equipping attendees with knowledge and resources for improving school discipline policies and practices. Educators, state and local officials, including several judges, law enforcement officials, and other key stakeholders, participated in the event and were joined by a number of senior Obama Administration officials. In addition to remarks by well-known figures, such as award-winning actress Anna Deveare-Smith, the event included breakout discussions on identifying the root cause of discipline disparities, developing effective codes of conduct, alternatives to exclusionary school discipline, roles for law enforcement and the courts, and addressing trauma. OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee introduced Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who highlighted in her remarks OJJDP's partnership with the Department of Education and the Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support policies and practices that improve school climates, respond to student behavioral needs, and avoid referrals to the juvenile justice system.

The White House Convening to Rethink School Discipline builds on the Supportive School Discipline Initiative - a collaboration between the Departments of Justice and Education that was launched in 2011 to support school discipline policies and practices that foster safe, supportive, and productive learning environments while keeping students in school.

Resources:

Watch a video of the White House Convening to Rethink School Discipline and learn more about the Administration's work on school climate and discipline.

Read more about the school discipline guidance package released by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.

Read here for guidance and resources to improve school discipline practices and school climate.

 


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