Seeing racial disparities in school discipline, Montgomery County expands changes

July 15, 2019 | WAMU

Minority students in multiple Montgomery County schools are suspended, arrested and disciplined significantly more often than their white peers. And schools officials have been looking for ways to turn those statistics around.

One way district officials have chosen to tackle this issue is by expanding restorative justice practices throughout the district. The programs encourage educators to look beyond typical disciplinary responses. So instead of only suspending a student when something goes wrong, students are required to go through mediation and then take action to rectify problems they have caused.

District officials began the program in 2017 at 11 schools and will now expand it to 150 schools this upcoming year. Last year 110 schools implemented the program.

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