- A Focus on School Climate and Prevention Efforts
- Clear, Appropriate, and Consistent Expectations and Consequences
- Training School Staff to apply Discipline Equitably and focus on Continuous Improvement
The reason given by the federal department of education for rescinding these guidelines in 2018 focus on school autonomy. Betsy DeVos shared in a statement that, “Our decision to rescind that guidance today makes it clear that discipline is a matter on which classroom teachers and local school leaders deserve and need autonomy. I would encourage them to continue to implement discipline reforms that they believe will foster improved outcomes for their students."
This shift in policy removes a certain level of expectation and pressure for schools to focus efforts on creating equitable learning environments for students. The misguided nature of this shift in policy has been highlighted even further by a recent study out of Stanford that shows a link between the achievement gap and racial disparities in school discipline:
Seneca will continue to advocate for this approach through its partnerships as well as through advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. Most recently, Seneca has been asked to participate in a National Education Policy Group led by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, where we will have the opportunity to create a national policy agenda that encompasses these values. We look forward to bringing the experience of our Unconditional Education partnerships to this group and will update you all on our progress!