Dallas ISD likely to be among first major districts to ban most student suspensions as part of work to
Kicking students out of school will no longer be a go-to option for Dallas educators if trustees approve a proposal aimed at cutting down on practices that have disproportionately impacted Black students.
Trustees were briefed on a new student code of conduct Thursday that would remove suspensions — both in-school and out-of-school — as a potential repercussion for most offenses. Only severe misconduct — such as possessing drugs or making a terroristic threat — might still require a student to be expelled or removed from campus.
Educators would rely on a menu of other disciplinary consequences, including sending students to new Reset Centers — classrooms in more than 50 comprehensive middle and high schools meant to separate students from their normal environment while not disrupting their academic progress. They differ from in-school suspension in that students would have to complete classwork remotely while working to address behavioral issues.
“It’s a moral imperative — as educators and as human beings — when we look at our [discipline] data … that we do something different for kids and for schools,” said Vince …
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