Support For The Implementation Of Restorative Justice Policies For All California School Districts

 

Resolution 14-07.06

 

WHEREAS, studies indicate that suspension does not often result in positive behavior changes and rather can instead intensify misbehavior by increasing shame, alienation and rejection amongst students resulting, according to an extensive Texas study, in the fact that students are 5 times more likely to drop out, 6 times more likely to repeat a grade and 3 times more likely to have contact with the juvenile justice system if suspended even once; and

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party recognizes that schools can improve safety by making sure that school climates are welcoming, that responses to misbehavior are fair, non-discriminatory and effective, and are based upon restorative justice and other proven practices that also recognize the need to address those students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, Latino students, English Language Learner students and students with disabilities; and

WHEREAS,  failure to offer these interventions  often leads to bullying which has harmful social, physical, psychological impact on bullies, victims and bystanders; and,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party encourages all school districts to establish a district policy and an implementation plan that will provide all students with positive tiered behavioral interventions, including but not limited to restorative justice based policies and programs and other effective alternatives to suspension, increase instructional time, prevent bullying, harassment and intimidation and reduce suspensions and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges school communities and candidates running for school boards to publicly support and work toward adoption and implementation of these policies.

 

Sponsored by Region 17

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014

 

 

 

 

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