Facing federal scrutiny, Minneapolis schools are considering revisions to a discipline policy that is intended to keep order in classrooms but has imposed heavier penalties on black and American Indian students, especially boys and special education students.
The first revision in 10 years — and the fifth in the past 30 — comes before the school board Tuesday night. It places a new emphasis on measures designed to address the behavior of disruptive students while keeping them in school. Chief among them are restorative conversations, which bring together a student who has acted out and those affected by the actions. They’re aimed at talking out issues to reknit the offending student with a classroom.