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TEA Grant to School of Social Work Will Take Innovative Discipline Program Statewide

TEA Grant to School of Social Work Will Take Innovative Discipline Program Statewide

AUSTIN, Texas — School and district administrators across Texas will be offered training in Restorative Discipline, an alternative to “zero tolerance” methods, through a grant from the Texas Education Agency to the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD) at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

Conflicts and In-School Suspensions Drop Sharply at Middle School During Second Year of “Restorative Discipline” Initiative

Conflicts and In-School Suspensions Drop Sharply at Middle School During Second Year of “Restorative Discipline” Initiative

Truancy, bullying and other conflicts among students are down, and in-school suspensions have declined 75 percent at a San Antonio middle school two years after University of Texas at Austin researchers helped implement “restorative discipline” as an alternative to “zero tolerance” in dealing with these issues, according to second-year findings involving a three-year initiative.

Restorative Discipline Program in San Antonio Middle School Reduces Student Suspensions

A San Antonio middle school with some of the highest discipline rates in its district has experienced an 84 percent drop in off-campus suspensions during the past year since administrators began using “restorative discipline” as an alternative to “zero tolerance” to deal with conflicts among students.