New CPS Discipline Rule: Suspensions Only As Last Resort
Chicago Public Schools has adopted a new student discipline policy that one parent group (POWER-PAC) says moves the district a step away from zero tolerance. Staff members are being told to treat minor infractions as learning opportunities to reinforce positive behavior.
Out-of-school suspensions are to be used as a last resort. CPS officials said for the most serious infractions restorative justice, programs such as peace circles or a jury of student peers determining punishment, can be offered in addition to suspensions and expulsions.