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Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure In Discipline Program

Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure In Discipline Program

Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure In Discipline Program

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Vernon Moore, executive director for Youth Advocacy, San Diego Unified School District

Matthew Bower, KPBS Education Reporter

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The success of a discipline program at Crawford High School has students asking for an expansion.

The success of a discipline program at Crawford High School has students asking the San Diego Unified School District to expand the program.

The program, Restorative Justice, helps students figure out why they misbehave. The idea is to treat the offending act like a symptom.

Crawford High School Academy of Law student Alan Obregon said restorative justice can help build bridges between teens at odds with each other.

“We have students that have been suspended, mainly for fights, and we have the two people that had some sort of dispute come together with two peer mediators,” Obregon said.

Obregon and his Academy of Law classmates want the San Diego Unified School District’s board to give the program at Crawford more structure.

“We’d like to have a stable area where all of these things are done because with the peer mediation we have to go looking for places to hold the mediation in general,” Obregon said.

San Diego Unified has been supporting restorative discipline since last school year. As of May, expulsions were down 60 percent district-wide.

On KPBS Midday Edition today we break down restorative justice and restorative practices with Vernon Moore, executive director of Youth Advocacy at SDUSD, along with KPBS Education Reporter Matt Bowler.

KPBS' Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico contributed to the Midday and Evening Edition segments.

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