ASBJ - August 2016

Keeping the Peace

Zero tolerance -- we’ve all heard the phrase. While the policy was born of the intention to keep schools and students safe, many believe it created the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” by pushing students out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. In our cover story this issue, “Keeping the Peace,” Staff Writer Michelle Healy writes about restorative justice, a practice that schools are using to address the disproportionately high rates of suspension and expulsion for minority students.

On the Cover

Keeping the Peace
Michelle Healy
School districts are turning to restorative justice to stem high rates of suspension and expulsion.


Bomb Scare
Del Stover
Hoax or real danger? School leaders grapple with reactions to bomb threats.

Keep Schools Safe
Scott Poland
Planning plays a key role in preventing school violence.

Weather Watch
Joetta Sack-Min
Now is the time to make sure your school-closing policies are weatherproof.


Kathleen Vail, Thomas J. Gentzel, Miranda Beard

Public Advocacy
Electronic School
Seeking Counsel

Explore the latest education trends.

Q&A: Miranda Beard, NSBA President
On how school board members need to tell stories about good work happening in their districts.

Online Only Articles

A Turnaround Recipe
Daphne Keiser, Anna Isley, and Linda Humphries
Virginia elementary school administrators develop a way to increase student achievment in just one year.

The Entry Process
Ken Mitchell and Susan Elion Wollin
Two New York state school district leaders provide recommendations on the process of new superintendent orientation and onboarding.

Urban District Recruiting Network
Andrea Celico
In Ohio, a minority recruitment consortium pursues strong minority candidates.


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