Community Health, Youth Voices
Vallejo schools had some of the state’s highest suspension, expulsion and dropout rates. To change this trend, the district’s 23 schools, where a majority of students are students of color, adopted Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports practices. Under the new approach, educators are encouraged to move away from punitive disciplinary practices like suspensions and expulsions. A group of education activists from Kern County traveled to Vallejo to see whether lessons learned in Vallejo could be applied to Kern’s schools, which continue to suspend black and Latino students at rates far exceeding that of white students. “They are trained to use restorative justice practices proven to enhance academic and social outcomes for all students.” The story is on South Kern Sol.