New York Times on the use of RJ in Oakland, CA schools

RESTORATIVE-SPAN-articleLarge-v2 High schools throughout Oakland, California are curbing high suspension and expulsion rates by responding to student misconduct with restorative justice circles. Eric Butler, the coordinator of Ralph J. Bunche High School's restorative justice program, says that the use of RJ circles has created a desperately needed sense of community among the school's student body. RJ circles have also offered frustrated educators an alternative to harmful "zero tolerance" policies.

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