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Ending School Push Out through Restorative Justice in CPS

Zero tolerance policies, intended to reduce school violence and behavior problems in schools are not working across CPS and have resulted in: increased punitive culture throughout the system, excessive suspensions and expulsions, reduced instruction time and academic achievement, ignoring the needs of LD/ED youth, increased dropout rates, youth arrests and exposure to violence and ultimately, the disproportionate risk of African American and Latino youth funneled into prison.

Restorative Justice is strategy that promotes safety in school and healing over punishment by increasing youth’s social emotional capacity and sense of efficacy. The MISJT, and Roosevelt University faculty and students began working at Morrill Elementary school in August 2012, where we are committed to working with their Faculty, Administration and community partners to implement Restorative practices to transform the culture from one that is punitive to restorative.