Restorative Justice Practices: How FUSD can boost attendance, improve graduation rates and increase funding

Mar 11, 2013

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Currently, FUSD is failing to graduate a significant proportion of students. Only 3 in 4 (73%) students that started in ninth grade in 2006-07 graduated from high school with their peers in 2010-11. Moreover, embedded within these rates are underlying disparities. The official graduation rate is 80% for Asians, 76% for Whites, 71% for Latinos, 67% for African Americans, 63% for Native Americans and 65% for English language learners. While there are a number of causes underlying high school dropout rates, one contributing factor is the district’s current discipline policies which result in excessive suspensions and expulsions. This brief overviews Fresno Unified School District’s (FUSD) current school discipline practices and outlines alternative restorative justice approaches that can improve student outcomes.

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