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Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

The Dallas Independent School District is trying out a new approach to discipline in six of its schools. It’s called restorative discipline. Instead of suspending kids from school or sending them to the principal’s office, teachers first get students together to talk about the problems they’re having, or causing. 

Dianna Douglas

The last two decades have seen a rise in the number of police officers in middle and high schools. One unintended consequence is that many students will get criminal records long before they graduate, for offenses that aren’t necessarily criminal.

Suspensions Fall Out Of Favor For Texas Educators

Mar 24, 2015
Christina Ulsh / KERA News

Suspending rowdy students has long been a popular way for schools to keep order in their classrooms. New research shows that this punishment is counterproductive and is administered unequally to minorities and kids with disabilities.

Disciplinary actions against Dallas Independent School District students rose significantly in the past year, compared to previous years. District officials couldn’t offer a reason why. Trustees had questions and theories.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Irving’s school board appears split over the possibility of bringing corporal punishment back to the district after a five year absence.

Some DISD parents and activists are demanding changes to what they call unfair school discipline policies that create a pipeline to prison. KERA's Bill Zeeble was at a demonstration outside Dallas County's Juvenile Justice Center.

Members of a group called the Texas Organizing Project cite a recent Texas study from the Council of State Governments that found more than half of Texas students were expelled or suspended over a 6 year period, and most of them were Black or Hispanic.