Fix School Discipline Toolkit for Educators - Page 77

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY AND SCHOOL CLIMATE BILL OF RIGHTS On May 14, 2013, building upon the school discipline reform work begun in the Discipline Foundation Policy and in response to a community-led school discipline reform campaign, which included Dignity in School Los Angeles and Brothers Sons Selves and its strategic partners, the LAUSD Board of Education (the Board) adopted the School Discipline Policy and School Climate Bill of Rights (SCBR). The SCBR directed the Superintendent to eliminate suspensions and expulsions for “willful defiance” (Cal. Ed. Code 48900(k)) by Fall 2013 and implement restorative justice in all schools by 2020. Other notable features include:  Collecting and publicly sharing aggregate discipline data disaggregated by subgroup and by type of disciplinary action at the district and school levels  Defining the role of police on school campuses and limiting police involvement in nonthreatening school discipline actions  Requiring that schools demonstrate that they have exhausted all alternatives to suspension before suspending a student for non-mandatory offenses  Creating a complaint process for parents and students if SWPBIS has not been fully implemented at their school-site OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (OUSD) Restorative Justice Initiative Resolution In December 2009, the OUSD Board of Education (OUSD Board) passed a resolution to launch a district-wide Restorative Justice Initiative to institute Restorative Justice as a proactive approach to student behavior. This Initiative included professional development of administrators and school site staff, redesign of District discipline structures and practices, and promotion of alternatives to suspension at every school. Implementation of this initiative included partnership with local law enforcement, Alameda County Probation Department, and the State Disproportionate Minority Contact Office to “promote a district-wide ‘Culture of Caring’ serving the whole child, which promotes both social-emotional and intellectual development.” The resolution included that “success” would be dependent on “the meaningful inclusion of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and OUSD leadership in efforts to create a safe and equitable learning environment where all students can excel.” More information about implementation and progress can be found at http://publicportal.ousd.k12. Former OUSD Superintendent Tony Smith said of the VRP, “This agreement is a powerful and positive step that will force Oakland – regardless of who is elected to the school board or who is running the school – to stay on track in reducing suspensions. Office of Civil Rights Voluntary Resolution Plan (VRP) addressing disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion In May 2012, Urban Strategies Council published a report that revealed that African American boys comprise 17% of OUSD