Assistant principal Sarah Tompkins, left, listens as a seventh grader discusses a recent conflict with another student solved through restorative justice, which included teachers and students gathering in circles for discussions, at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio. Three years after starting a restorative discipline program, out-of-school suspensions have dropped by 72 percent. Chapel Hill-Carrbboro schools are now adopting the approach.
Assistant principal Sarah Tompkins, left, listens as a seventh grader discusses a recent conflict with another student solved through restorative justice, which included teachers and students gathering in circles for discussions, at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio. Three years after starting a restorative discipline program, out-of-school suspensions have dropped by 72 percent. Chapel Hill-Carrbboro schools are now adopting the approach. Eric Gay AP
Assistant principal Sarah Tompkins, left, listens as a seventh grader discusses a recent conflict with another student solved through restorative justice, which included teachers and students gathering in circles for discussions, at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio. Three years after starting a restorative discipline program, out-of-school suspensions have dropped by 72 percent. Chapel Hill-Carrbboro schools are now adopting the approach. Eric Gay AP

Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools replacing suspensions with ‘restorative’ conversations

December 19, 2017 12:42 PM