Dallas ISD likely to be among first major districts to ban most student suspensions as part of work to

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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