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Parents and Kalamazoo schools work separately to correct misbehavior

KALAMAZOO, MI – Kalamazoo Public Schools is finding alternatives to suspension and expulsion as forms of discipline, while an organized group of parents are frustrated with continued violence in the classroom.

Superintendent Michael Rice said the district wants to reduce the time students spend out of school because exclusionary discipline often sets the stage for students to become disenfranchised, under-perform and ultimately drop out.

A local emphasis on correcting unruly behavior in the classroom aligns with a recently-signed state law that tones down “zero tolerance” policies in regard to punishment.

Despite a steady increase in enrollment, the number of expulsions, exclusions and suspensions in Kalamazoo schools have decreased since 2006.

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Girl Brutally Attacked By Bully – School’s Response Is Disturbing

A number of local parents are complaining that a culture of bullying has developed at an elementary school in Alabama. Relating to this, a third-grader recently ended up with a concussion and two black eyes after being beaten by a bully at L.E. Wilson Elementary School in Sheffield, Alabama.

Lanny’s mother, Kelly Turpin, claims that her nine-year-old daughter was beaten by a larger girl when they disagreed.

It seems that when Turpin was called to the school, she was given the rather unbelievable explanation that her daughter “fell and was hurt accidentally”.

“The nurse started telling me my daughter fell and was hurt accidentally, but my daughter said “No mom, it wasn’t an accident”,” Turpin noted in an interview with the media.

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City’s Success Academy charter schools come out in support of transgender students

The operator of the city’s largest charter school network has come out in support of transgender kids and immigrant students, as new federal policies are fill some local families with fear.

In the letter sent to home to families and delivered to staffers Monday, Success Academy network founder Eva Moskowitz urged educators, students and parents to guard against the bullying of transgender students after the Trump administration moved to revoke federal guidelines allowing those kids to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Moskowitz wrote the federal changes would not affect policies at her schools allowing transgender kids to use the bathrooms they prefer.

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Supreme Court to Weigh Whether Pension Rules Apply to Church Schools, Hospitals

The justices will decide whether religious affiliates must adhere to the federal law that regulates private pension plans or whether a “church plan” exemption still applies.

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We All Have a Race Problem (and Need to Discuss It) – The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools – Education Week Teacher

We are all struggling with race. We are all operating in a racist society. Unless we talk about it, we can’t fixing it.

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Teachers Cite Post-Election Rise in Negativity, Bigotry in Schools in Survey – Teaching Now – Education Week Teacher

A survey of more than 10,000 teachers by the advocacy group Teaching Tolerance found that most teachers said the divisive election results have negatively impacted the classroom.

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Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation and Extended Play in our Schools – Leadership 360 – Education Week

My school district has embarked on a whole child journey. This revolves around our extended recess time (we increased recess from twenty minutes to forty minutes), yoga, meditation and mindfulness work for students K-8.

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Obama Administration Calls On Schools To Stop Abusing Kids

Although 28 states and the District of Columbia explicitly prohibit the act of physical discipline in school, corporal punishment is hardly a relic of the past. In the 2013-2014 school year, over 110,000 students were struck, paddled or flogged in the classroom, according to the most recent available data from the federal government. Now, the Obama administration is taking steps to reduce this number further.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. sent a letter to governors and state school officers imploring them to eliminate the practice from their schools. Currently, 15 states have laws expressly allowing corporal punishment, and seven more states do not have rules prohibiting the practice.

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When Political Meets Personal: Classroom Conversations Post-Election – The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools – Education Week Teacher

How much do I push back on this student, knowing my own opinion and biases will come into play?

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Place Matters, II: How Where We Live Affects Our World – The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools – Education Week Teacher

Where we live not only affects culture and values but is also an instant determining factor in our access to nearly every resource and aspect of education.

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