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News and Opinion Jun 5, 2014

Turnaround for Children Cited as Strategy to Reduce Suspensions

Taking Aim at School Susupensions

Leslie Brody’s article “Taking Aim at School Suspensions” discusses the link between school suspensions and student dropouts as found in a report by the Justice Center at the Council of State Governments, The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Justice System. The report suggests that rather than harsh discipline, the creation of a “positive school climate” helps students feel safe and engaged.

Both Brody’s article and The Justice Center’s report highlight Turnaround for Children’s approach as a strategy to reduce suspensions.

“In New York City and Newark, N.J., a nonprofit called Turnaround for Children set up partnerships between schools and mental-health clinics to make it easier to get quick treatment for students who need intensive behavioral help.”

We encourage you to read Brody’s piece in The Wall Street Journal here.
Read the full “School Discipline Consensus Report” here.