FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2016
Contact: Linda Zintz
Civic leaders stand with Supt. Cindy Marten to announce significant emphasis on 'Restorative Justice' next year in San Diego schools
Advocates for Restorative Justice say the approach helps keep young people in school or on the job – and out of the prison system. San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten agrees the approach has the potential to help students most at risk of serious discipline issues; however, she says restorative justice has the potential to help every student in the district by creating a more socially and emotionally welcoming environment. With that in mind, Superintendent Marten will announce a significant emphasis on restorative justice in the 2016-17 school year under the plan included in the district's 2016-17 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
WHAT: Social justice and anti-violence leaders will join Superintendent Cindy Marten tomorrow to discuss the historic emphasis on restorative justice included in the San Diego Unified LCAP. A teacher and student facilitator will talk about the real impacts that restorative practices have in a school setting.
WHO: Superintendent Cindy Marten and Steve Dinkin, President of the National Conflict Resolution Center, will be joined by students and teachers from the restorative justice pilot program to talk about their experiences.
WHEN: Monday, June 27
WHERE: San Diego Unified Eugene Brucker Education Center
4100 Normal St, San Diego (92103)
Background: The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the guiding document for the San Diego Unified school district. It is developed over months of community input, including hundreds of parents, educators and other stakeholders. The 2016-17 LCAP, along with the 2016-17 Budget, is set to be approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, June 28. The emphasis on restorative justice is one of the most significant changes to take effect in the coming school year under the LCAP document.
San Diego Unified has had a pilot program for restorative justice since 2014, and is now prepared to embark on a systemic approach. Among the main benefits of the pilot program have been a sharp reduction in suspensions and expulsions and a more positive climate in the schools where the restorative practices have been emphasized.
Contact: Linda Zintz, Communications Director, at email@example.com or 619-847-6637
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