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Breaking Florida’s school-to-jail pipeline: Alternative approaches to student discipline and punishment

September 11, 2010

A student’s acceptance of responsibility is a cornerstone of the program. He or she appears before a trained board that reviews the incident and decides on sanctions. School Accountability Boards (SABs) involve the students, their parents or guardians, victims and others affected by the incident, along with representatives from the community and the school.

SAB meetings allow the victims and the school community to address the harmful behavior and participate in defining the repair necessary to right the wrong. Students pledge to address the impact of their actions on those directly and indirectly involved. For instance, a child who defaces school property with graffiti may be required to remove it and participate in school beautification tasks.

The program avoids criminalizing student misbehavior and keeps kids from entering the criminal justice system while making certain they understand the consequences of their actions.

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