Promptly at 8:30 a.m. on March 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye rang an old-fashioned school bell—from her first school, a one-room schoolhouse outside Monticello, N.Y.—and declared, “We are in session.” Thus began a two-day National Leadership Summit on School Justice-Partnerships, a first-ever gathering of nearly 350 justice and education system participants and, as I will discuss, law students from across the nation around the issue of keeping kids in school and out of court.
This column, designed to give readers a feel for the social problem the summit addressed, is a brief report on the National Summit and what transpired at this landmark event. Over a packed two days, participants learned about the incidence and impact of school suspensions and expulsions. They learned about alternative discipline methods and restorative justice. They examined proposals for new legislation and school board policies. They heard about ongoing successful reform efforts throughout the country.
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