Restorative Discipline: Effective?

Posted on May 05, 2011

Restorative Discipline Policies

Discipline policies in Denver Public Schools have been praised as models for other districts across the country, but in a couple of recent cases, relatives of students have questioned whether the softer approach is protecting their kids.

In one, parents at Denver’s Edison Elementary went to police themselves to report a fourth-grader who they said threatened to bring a gun to school after Edison officials decided not to report the incident. In a second case, a grandmother reported a year’s worth of bullying of her granddaughter at Godsman Elementary to police because she felt school officials were not taking it seriously. In both cases, questions were raised about a 2-year-old DPS policy that advocates a restorative approach to trouble in school, in which an offender learns from a mistake and makes amends, rather than the old punitive approach.

The new policy lists behavioral problems and categorizes them in five groups. Each type or category of offense has a corresponding intervention and range of possible consequences.

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Author: Yesenia Robles, The Denver Post