Those staggering achievements prompted researchers at the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, part of the University of California, Berkeley 's Boalt School of Law, to analyze the results. They declared the program at Cole -- a school where the entire student body was eligible for free lunch -- a national role model.

The program provided a successful alternative to zero tolerance policies, which have led to a doubling of suspension rates since the 1970s and have disproportionately affected low-income men of color.

....But Oakland Unified School District, which passed a resolution making restorative justice its official district policy, has been able unable to find money in its own budget, from the state or federal government, to sustain the project in its schools.

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