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ERIC Number: EJ970889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
"There Has Never Been a Glory Day in Education for Non-Whites": Critical Race Theory and Discipline Reform in Denver
Wadhwa, Anita K.
International Journal on School Disaffection, v7 n2 p21-28 2010
Suspension increases the likelihood of a student being expelled, dropping out, and being incarcerated, a phenomenon dubbed the "school to prison pipeline". One less punitive model of discipline that is gaining popularity worldwide is "restorative justice". Though restorative justice is now being used in the US to address racial disproportionality in suspensions, to date there has been little theorizing about race in the school-based literature on restorative justice. In this study, the author examines race-based and non race-based explanations among discipline reform committee members in Denver for why so many students are suspended, and the possible implications of these discrepancies for the implementation of restorative justice. Based on community members' descriptions of school disciplinary practices, the author offers a new framing of restorative justice as a Critical Racial response to inequitable suspension rates. She begins by introducing restorative justice, outlining the study and theory of Critical Race Theory, and concludes with the findings and implications of the study. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado