LAUSD to review discipline policies after complaints

File photo of John E. Deasy, superintendent of LAUSD.
File photo of John E. Deasy, superintendent of LAUSD.

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L.A. Unified’s top administrators have agreed to conduct regular reviews of a district discipline policy intended to reduce suspensions and drop-outs.

Four years ago L.A. Unified created the “School-Wide Positive Behavior Support” policy. The policy was designed to address less serious student behavior problems with support and intervention instead of automatic suspensions.

Since the policy launched, a coalition of activist groups has complained to school board members that the district-wide implementation has been spotty. Superintendent John Deasy called for more schools to embrace it. Board president Monica Garcia said the board would review discipline data every three months and discuss what’s working and what’s not.

An academic analysis of L.A. Unified’s new behavior policy recommended that the school district provide training and other support to principals and teachers. Some of the schools that have embraced the policy report fewer student suspensions and higher school-wide academic performance.