ACLU Public Meetings
On Jan. 31 and Feb. 11, 2018, local educators, parents, community and civic leaders gathered for an informal talk and roundtables with ACLU of Missouri (ACLU-MO) staff, in collaboration with The School District of University City, about the present state of school discipline and how it can be used to keep students in school.
A few months ago, the ACLU-MO released a report on school discipline practices for every single school district across the state. Over the next year, the ACLU-MO will be working with community members and U. City Schools on improving school discipline policies and practices.
In January, the ACLU-MO kicked off this campaign with an initial town hall. The goal of the town hall is to identify three priority problems that the community is interested in researching and have them form teams and plan next steps. The goals of the town hall were to:
(1) educate community members on University City’s school discipline data and their commitment to improving practices, and
(2) identify three priority problems that the community is interested in researching, and have them form teams and plan next steps.
The ACLU-MO’s next meeting: Navigating School Discipline Workshop in partnership with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 at Jackson Park Elementary School, 7400 Balson Ave. (63130).
Additional meetings are being scheduled. Stay tuned for more details to come.
In support of this initiative, Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley shared the success story of two families presently working through the new restorative practices process in the District.