Good and Bad News: Schools

March 31, 2014
Zero Tolerance Hurts Kids and Ruins Schools...READ the story from

March 28, 2014
19 States Still Allow Corporal Punishment...READ the story from Business Insider

March 26, 2014
Giving Up on Four-Year-Olds...READ the story in the New York Times 

March 24, 2014
Sensible Policy, Not Smaller Handcuffs...READ the story from American Civil Liberties Union 

March 21, 2014
Preschool to Prison: No Child Too Young for Zero Tolerance...READ the story from MSNBC 

March 21, 2014
Racial Disparities Remain in America's Schools...READ the story from the Buffalo News 

March 21, 2014
Black Preschoolers Far More Likely to be Suspended...READ the story from National Public Radio 

March 18, 2014
Zero Tolerance Policies Deter Students from Reporting Cyberbullying, Survey Finds...READ the story from The Globe and Mail 

March 14, 2014
Harsh School Discipline Gets More Scrutiny from Congress...READ the story from The Center for Public Integrity 

March 13, 2014
When School Discipline Is Unfair: Four Ways to Do Better...READ the story from the Christian Science Monitor 

March 7, 2014
Florida Bill Would Put 'Bullies' in Jail for a Year...READ the story from Think Progress

March 6, 2014
Classroom Focus on Social, Emotional Skills Can Lead to Academic Gains, Study Shows...READ the story from Science Daily 

March 1, 2014
Zero Tolerance Strikes Again: Student Suspended for Innocent Mistake...READ the story from Care2 

February 28, 2014
'Mission Critical' Documentary Calls for End to School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from the Juvenile Justice Exchange and WATCH the documentary

February 26, 2014
Fed Up with Zero Tolerance in Schools, Advocates Push for Change...READ the story from NPR.

February 16, 2014
Real Discipline in School*...READ the story from the New York Times

February 13, 2014
Corporal Punishment Numbers Drop Dramatically in McDowell County Schools...READ the story from 

February 6, 2014
Bold Lesson: Florida Schools Replace Cops with Counselors...READ the story from ABC News. 

January 31, 2014
Bay Area Schools Suspend Fewer Students...READ the story from the Contra Costa Times.

January 28, 2014
Maryland School Board Approves New Discipline Regulations...READ the story from The Washington Post.

January 23, 2014
Teen Handcuffed for Cutting Line in School Cafeteria...READ the story from The Huffington Post.

January 13, 2014
Revealed: Children with Autism Locked in Unsupervised "Isolation Rooms" for Hours...READ the story from The

January 10, 2014
Students Social/Emotional Needs Entwined with Learning, Security...READ the story from Education Week. 

January 9, 2014
Los Angeles Tries a New Approach to Discipline in Schools...READ the story from National Public Radio.

January 9, 2014
Obama Administration Calls Out School-to-Prison Pipeline...READ the story from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. 

January 8, 2014
Administration Urges Restraint in Using Arrest or Expulsion in Disciplining Students... READ the story from the New York Times.

December 15, 2013
In Minnesota, Race Drives School Labels, Discipline...READ the story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

December 12, 2013
True Love's First Kiss (Lands a Suspension): School Suspends Six-Year-Old for Kissing Student on the Hand...READ the story from Education Week.

December 8, 2013
Dropping Zero Tolerance in Schools (re: Seeing the Tolls, Schools Revise Zero Tolerance)...READ the Opinion Page in The New York Times. 

December 2, 2013
Seeing the Toll, Schools Revise Zero Tolerance...READ the story in The New York Times 

December 1, 2013
My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards...READ the article from Education Week 

November 25, 2013
Corporal Punishment Persists in Florida Schools...READ the story from The Florida Times-Union 

November 22, 2013
Special Needs Students in B.C. Being Punished in 'Isolation Rooms,' says Child Advocacy Group...READ the article from The Province

November 21, 2013
Zero Tolerance Policies Hurt Minorities and Students with Disabilities in Pennsylvania's Public Schools...READ the article from Social Work Helper 

November 18, 2013
Trauma-Sensitive Schools are Better Schools...READ the article from The Huffington Post 

November 13, 2013
Schools that Separate the Trauma from the Child...READ the article from The New York Times 

November 7, 2013
Maine Students with Disabilities More Likely to be Suspended; Nonadversial Solutions Needed Experts Say...READ the story from the Bangor Daily News

October 23, 2013
Ocean Springs Teacher Discipline for Duct-Taping Students' Mouth Shut...READ the article from The Mississippi Press

September 18, 2013
Punishment vs. Compassion: A Tale of Two Principals...READ the story from Social Justice Solutions 

September 16, 2013
Alabama School Sends Home Parental Consent Form for Corporal Punishment...READ the story from the New York Times 

September 16, 2013
Ohio Bill to Overturn Zero Tolerance by Forbidding Expulsions, Suspensions...READ the story from The Columbus Dispatch

September 12, 2013
Brave New Schools: Zero Tolerance for Common Sense...READ the Op-Ed piece from WND 

August 28, 2013
Success Academy Charter School Chain Comes Under Fire as Parents Fight 'Zero Tolerance' Policies...READ the story fromNew York Daily News

July 23, 2013
Maryland's New Approach to Student Discipline Moves Closer to Approval...READ the story from The Washington Post

July 15, 2013:
How Far Should Disciplined Students Have to Go for School?...READ/LISTEN to the story from the California Report 

June 16, 2013:
Schooling Ourselves in an Unequal America...READ the story from The New York Times

June 7, 2013:
Yet Another Kid Claims His Teacher Punished Him with Duct Tape*...READ the brief story on MSN...and be sure to read the ensuing comments in particular. 

June 2, 2013:
Why Some Schools Want to Expel Suspensions...LISTEN to the story on National Public Radio

April 18, 2013:
Parent Tardiness Lands Kindergarten Student in Detention*...WATCH the story on ABC News

April 12, 2013:
With Police In Schools, More Children In Court...READ the story in the New York Times

April 1, 2013:
Oregon Senate passes bill banning locking students in 'seclusion cells'...READ the story in The Oregonian

March 14, 2013:
Focusing on Violence Before it Happens...READ the story in the New York Times

February 20, 2013:
Effects of Bullying Last Into Adulthood, Study Finds...READ the story in the New York Times

January 16, 2013:
Report Criticizes School Discipline Measures Used in Mississippi...READ the story in the New York Times. 

January 9, 2013: 
Bad Kid Box in West Virginia High School Humiliated Student, Sparks Protest...READ the story in the Huffington Post.

November 30, 2012:
Seclusion and Restraint in Schools: Parents Fight Back Against Deadly Tactics...READ the story in the Huffington Post

October 1, 2012:
Oakland Schools to Let Feds Monitor Discipline of Black Students...READ the story in the Los Angeles Times

September 23, 2012:
Texas Mom Outraged Her Teen Daughter Was Paddled "Bright Red" by Male Vice Principal for Cheating Incident...READ the story in the New York Daily News

September 8, 2012:
A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children...READ the opinion in the New York Times

August 29, 2012:
Rate of Physical Restraints in Schools is Alarming...READ the story in the Orlando Sentinel.

August 10, 2012:
New Massachusetts Law Gives Expelled Students More Options...READ about it in The Boston Globe

June 27, 2012:
Trauma-Sensitive Schools are Better Schools...READ about how Collaborative Problem Solving can be part of the effort in The Huffington Post

June 25, 2012:
Senate to Revisit School Restraint, Seclusion...READ the story from Disability Scoop

May 31, 2012:
Mississippi Student Handcuffing Case: Jackson Public Schools Agrees To Stop Shackling Students For Non-Crimes*...READ about it in the Huffington Post.

May 20, 2012:
Hancuffing of 8-Year-Old Prompts Change in School Policy...READ about it in the Las Vagas Review-Journal

May 15, 2012:
U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion...READ the story from

April 29, 2012:
Special Education Casualties Are Mounting...READ the story from the Maine Education Association

April 9, 2012:
Keeping Students’ Mental Health Care Out of the E.R....READ about it in the New York Times.

April 2, 2012:
School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair...READ the article from the Chicago Sun-Times

March 22, 2012:
Why Suspension Makes No Sense in the Early Grades...READ the article from the Huffington Post

March 12, 2012:
Why Florida Schools Want the Right to Paddle Misbehaving Students...READ the story from WUSF.

March 9, 2012:
Students with Disabilities Most Often Restrained...READ the story from Disability Scoop

February 28, 2012:
Why Does America Lead the World in School Shootings? READ the story from CNN

January 31, 2012:
Schools Suspending Thousands of State's Youngest...READ the story from WCVB

January 29, 2012:
Zero-Tolerance Policies Toss Thousands From Massachusetts Schools...READ about it in the Lowell Sun.

January 26, 2012:
Connecticut Education Department data shows 18,000 instances of restraint or seclusion of school-children in 2009-10...READ the story from the New Haven Register...and CLICK HERE for the cartoon depicting our take on the problem. 

January 14, 2012:
Experts Call 'Scream Rooms' Untherapeutic, Harmful To Children And Others At School...READ about it in the Hartford Courant.

December 19, 2011:
Senator Harkin Introduces Keeping All Students Safe Act...READ the story from the National Disability Rights Network.

November 29, 2011:
Schools are overreacting to misbehaving students...READ about it in The Washington Post.

August 30, 2011:
Buffalo Schools Asked to Change Suspension Policy*...READ the article from WBFO

July 19, 2011:
Texas school discipline under the microscope:  Study finds that 60% of kids are expelled or suspended...READ about it in the Houston Chronicle.

July 7, 2011:
Schools Struggle with Protocols for Restraining Unruly Students...READ about it in The Bay Citizen.

April 7, 2011:
School Restraint, Seclusion Bill Resurfaces in Congress...READ about it in DisabilityScoop

March 30, 2011:
A Trip to These Principals May Mean a Paddling...READ about it in New York Times...and CLICK HERE for a cartoon depicting our take on the issue.