It seems that people at the DOE are listening to reason, and bringing new policies to schools, namely mediation, peer intervention, and other strategies for intervention.
Its about time, but still not widespread enough. All schools should have alternative dispute resolution programs and policies imbedded in the Safety Plan.
Let's put "Talk First" policies out there in our schools.
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As committed as he remains, making the shift to this new approach has been, as Santos describes it, "exhausting" and "messy"; changes in teacher attitudes and student behavior come slowly. His school's experience is emblematic of the challenges schools face as educators try to replace a discipline policy that removes students from the school with one that aspires to help them become peaceful citizens in society.
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Sophie Downes is a student at the University of Chicago.