Through the past year, Woodland Hills superintendent Alan Johnson has worked to reduce the number of suspensions given to students by lessening the zero tolerance response to discipline in his district.
That effort gained him national attention, and as a result, it was announced Thursday that Woodland Hills is one of 10 school districts around the nation selected to participate in a public-private partnership initiative to explore discipline alternatives to suspension and expulsion. The initiative is a partnership between the American Association of Administrators, a nationwide superintendents group, and the Children’s Defense Fund and is being funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies.
One other Pennsylvania district is included, the Harrisburg School District. The others are in Texas, South Carolina, California, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Illinois.
Full story: Woodland Hills schools will be part of national effort to reduce school suspensions, expulsions Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/23/14