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BeyondtheNews
Districts urged not to release
disciplinary records to colleges
Syracuse City Schools in New York took
a stand in 2015 to protect students from
what leaders saw as a prejudice in the
college application process.
The district stopped releasing the
graduates' disciplinary records to colleges, a practice that continues in many
other districts nationwide.
Syracuse schools also had been under
pressure from New York's attorney
general to halt the over-suspension of
African-Americans and students with
special needs, and felt release of the
records unfairly harmed their chances
of college acceptance.
"I don't think having a minor behavioral issue in high school is an indicator of whether a student is going to be
successful in college," Superintendent

By Matt Zalaznick

Jaime Alicea says.
The change has not created pushback from colleges. Syracuse's graduation rate has risen to 61 percent over
the last few years as it has shifted to
restorative justice discipline practices
that emphasize fi xing mistakes and
repairing harm, rather than punitive
measures. The district also has half the
disciplinary referrals it used to, while
more students are going on to higher
ed, says Patty Clark, chief ombudsman
and student support officer.
In the past, questions about disciplinary records had dissuaded Syracuse
students from completing college applications, Clark says. The question has
discouraged college applicants across
New York state, according to a study

by the Center for Community Alternatives, a nonprofit that works to reduce
incarceration rates. Another problem
is that districts have widely varying
disciplinary policies. What might merit
suspension or even criminal charges for
a student in one district could be handled with a restorative justice process
in another school system, and therefore
never become part of a student's record.
"Some schools or districts deal with
fighting among students as fighting
among students," says Marsha Weissman, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Community Alternatives. "But
some schools label that as assault and
require police intervention."
Matt Zalaznick is senior associate editor.

Computer science requirements for graduation

No requirements
District decision
Statewide

Colorado plans to allow
districts to decide, at a
future date

Source: State of the States Landscape Report: State-level Policies
Supporting Equitable K-12 Computer Science Education

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