School Discipline

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, high school students attend a circle session at restorative justice class at the Augustus F. Hawkins High School in Los Angeles. At Los Angeles Unified School District, the suspension rate has dropped from 8 percent in 2008 to 1.5 percent last school year. The decline came amid a district and nationwide push to stop punishing children by removing them from class for minor disruptions, costing them important time in the classroom and potentially affecting lifelong academic achievement. In Los Angeles, one of the biggest alternatives to suspension in schools now is restorative justice. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)