restorative justice

Body cameras for principals in Burlington, Iowa, schools: Why a police accountability policy is wrong for education.

Disturbing. Another indication that school leaders can prefer restoring order to establishing justice.  These are the measures that support a school-to-prison pipeline. This Iowa proposal establishes more surveillance.

Parallels between law enforcement and education are building. Both teachers and police feel embattled and grossly misunderstood. Social justice educators and advocates who want to disrupt oppressive power can't afford to take the introduction of body cameras as a neutral device.  Like every other policy and practice, it comes embedded in a web of power relations.

And to recall my mentor Sari Biklen, "It's all just data until you interpret it.  Then, it becomes evidence of something." 

Syracuse school, 19 others in the state, get one year to turn around before being taken over | syracuse.com

Syracuse school, 19 others in the state, get one year to turn around before being taken over | syracuse.com

I was principal of one of the schools on this list as we designed our turnaround. Both the promises and threats attached to that project were powerful.  Several posts here reflect on that process from the inside.  Looking at the promise in pros and cons, attempts to treat people like professionals despite the threat of imminent transfer, establishing student-centered justice, even interviewing in the first place.  I'm also sharing documents that were actually used in turnaround leadership.  Are you connected to turnaround or know someone who is?  How do your experiences compare?