Just as schools were becoming safer, Trump ‘safety’ commission likely to halt progress

In a move likely to make schools significantly less safe, President Trump’s school “safety” commission is about to release a report expected to recommend the cancellation of the Obama administration’s guidance on school discipline that has helped schools find productive alternatives to student suspensions and expulsions. Significant evidence finds that actions promoted by the guidance — teaching students social and emotional skills, supporting their mental health, and enabling them to take responsibility for their community — improve student behavior, make schools safer, and improve student achievement.

The use of harsh exclusionary punishments — the alternative to the positive discipline policies recommended in the guidelines — undermines safety and learning, as student behavior, academic achievement and attainment worsen.

via @thehill.com

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