Don Buchheit, interim assistant superintendent with the countyâ€™s Board of Education, said suspensions and expulsions have declined throughout San Diego County because schools are turning to restorative justice practices that promote respect, taking responsibility and strengthening relationships.
â€œWe try to make a wrong right, and restore relationships and keep students in school,â€ Buchheit said.
Restorative justice practices can include holding conferences where students, educators, therapists and sometimes family members talk about developing appropriate consequences for bad behavior. Billed as a more compassionate approach to discipline, it gives educators more flexibility when deciding how to reprimand students who act out and break rules….
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