Education Spotlight: Restorative Justice / Restorative Discipline

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Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas

Texas Gateway for Online Resources by TEA

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Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas began in the fall of 2015. The Texas Education Agency partnered with the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to participate in a statewide roll out.

A grant provided training to ten of the twenty education service centers and to school districts in Texas. The first ten service centers were selected based on the number of African American males who were suspended from school districts within their regions. The training occurred in two parts. The first part included a two-day administrator readiness training, the second part a five-day coordinator training. The remaining ten service centers will receive the same training.

The goal is to plant the restorative discipline practices seeds across Texas. 1,400 administrators and 400 coordinators received training as of fall 2016.


Click here to watch the below videos on Restorative Discipline Practices:


Part 1: History of Restorative Discipline Practices

Part 2: Setting the Tone and Norms

Part 3: Establishing Values

Part 4: Experiencing the Circle

Part 5: A Tool in the Toolbelt

Part 6: Building Relationships to Reduce Disciplinary Issues

Part 7: Closing the Circle


TEA has RDP trainings and a district can earn a RDP badge.



After serving as the senior advisor to the Texas commissioner of education, Dr. Gaye Lang was appointed to her current position as the director for restorative practices for the Texas Education Agency.




Texas HB 1525

Texas Legislature Online

06/16/2021


HB 1525 from 87(R)

Caption Text: Relating to the public school finance system and public education.

Author: Huberty(R) | VanDeaver(R) | King, Ken(R) | Dutton(D) | González, Mary(D)

Coauthor: Capriglione(R) | Lopez(D) | Lozano(R) | Morales Shaw(D) | Morales, Eddie(D) | Spiller(R)

Sponsor: Taylor(R) Cosponsor: Bettencourt(R) | Lucio(D) | Paxton(R)

Here is the text of the bill.

A portion of the bill updated Section 48.115. of the Texas Education code (Title 2. Public Education, Subtitle I. School Finance and Fiscal Management, Chapter 48. Foundation School Program, Subchapter A. General Provisions which can be found here and is displayed below:

You can see the bill language of...


(i) providing licensed counselors, social workers, and individuals trained in restorative discipline and restorative justice practices;

and

(v) developing and implementing programs focused on restorative justice practices, culturally relevant instruction, and providing mental health support; and


which falls under Sec. 48.115 School Safety Allotment (b) (3) (C) (i) and (v). This bill was signed into law on 06/16/2021 by Governor Abbott and this section became effective 09/01/2021.


Which Texas House Republicans authored or co-authored this bill?

Huberty(R) | VanDeaver(R) | King, Ken(R) Capriglione(R) Lozano(R)


Was the restorative text in the original bill?

No


Amend CSHB 1525 (senate committee report) in SECTION 19 of the bill as follows:




Restorative Practices: A New Approach to Student Behavior

TASB

2019

TASB_restorative-practices-Nov2019
.pdf
Download PDF • 236KB



TASB “Exclusionary” Discipline in Texas Schools: Legal Questions and Concerns

2019

TASB-exclusionary_discipline2019
.pdf
Download PDF • 329KB



Restorative Discipline Practices and Social Emotional Learning

TASB

2018 or 2019 (unclear)

TASB_restorative-Discipline-Practices-and-Social-Emotional-Learning-sm
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TEA and the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue Partnership Statewide Roll Out

TEA Restorative Practices Website (see right side column)

2018

The report represents the Restorative Practice trainings in the 20 ESCs.

RD_Final_Report_8.31.18_UT
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Screenshots from the report:






Texas HB 674

Texas Legislature Online

06/12/2017


HB 674 from 85(R)


Caption Text: Relating to the suspension of a student enrolled in a grade level below grade three from public school and to a positive behavior program for public schools.


Author: Johnson, Eric(D) | Giddings(D) | Anchia(D) | Collier(D) | Hinojosa, Gina(D)

Coauthor: Johnson, Jarvis | Moody | Reynolds | Rose | Thierry

Sponsor: Garcia

Cosponsor: Campbell | Seliger(R) | West

Here is the text of the bill...

A portion of the bill updated Section Sec. 37.0013 POSITIVE BEHAVIOR PROGRAM of the Texas Education code which can be found here and is displayed below:

This bill was signed by the Governor and became law on Jun e 12, 2017.




Waalsh Gallegos Events. & News

March 28, 2017




Restorative Discipline Nurtures Positive Behaviors

Texas Lone Star Magazine

March 2017

See page 17 to find "Restorative Discipline Nurtures Positive Behaviors" by Jim Walsh

texaslonestarmarch2017-dl
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Restorative Discipline: Why You Should Look Into This

Walsh Gallegos

2016

by Jim Walsh


restorative_discipline_walsh-2016prez
.pdf
Download PDF • 5.57MB




Texas HB 2684

Texas Legislature Online

06/20/2015


Caption Text: Relating to the creation of a model training curriculum and to the required training for certain school district peace officers and school resource officers.

Author: Giddings(D) | Walle(D)

Sponsor: Whitmire(D)


Here is the text of the bill.

A portion of the bill updated Sec. 1701.262. TRAINING FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT PEACE OFFICERS AND SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS which can be found here and is displayed below:

This bill was signed into law by the Governor on 06/20/2015.




High Time for a Paradigm Shift

Texas School Business

March 2014

See page 6-7 for "High Time for a Paradigm Shift" by Jim Walsh





Legislative Proponents of Restorative PracticeS in the education arena

Now let's look at what Texas bills have been proposed surrounding restorative justice, but did NOT become Texas law.






Texas SB 2063

Texas Legislature Online

04/01/2021 (Died)


SB 2063 from 87R

Caption Text: Relating to public school discipline policies, practices, and procedures regarding student substance use and substance abuse prevention and intervention and mental health training for campus behavior coordinators.

Author: Menéndez(D)

Here is the text of the bill...

This bill did not become law.




Texas SB 1918

Texas Legislature Online

04/01/2021 (Died)


SB 1918 from 87(R)

Caption Text: Relating to the duties of school district peace officers and school resource officers.

Author: Lucio(D)


Here is the text of the bill...

This bill did not become law.




Texas SB 1596

Texas Legislature Online

03/24/2021 (Died)


SB 1596 in 87R

Caption Text: Relating to the membership of a school district's threat assessment and safe and supportive school team and committee and the school safety allotment under the public school finance system.

Author: Lucio(D)

Here is the text of the bill...

This bill did not become law.




Texas SB 1074

Texas Legislature Online

03/18.2021 (Died)


SB 1074 in 87R

Caption Text: Relating to positive behavior plans of school districts, development of positive behavior best practices by the Texas Education Agency, and reporting of disproportionate discretionary disciplinary action by school districts.

Author: Lucio(D)

Here is the text of the bill...

This bill did not become law.




Texas HB 2010

Texas Legislature Online

03/15/2021 (Died)


HB 2010 in 87R

Caption Text: Relating to the membership of a school district's threat assessment and safe and supportive school team and committee and the school safety allotment under the public school finance system.

Author: Talarico

Here is the text of the bill...

This bill did not become law.




Texas HB 1201

Texas Legislature Online

03/04/2021 (Died)


Caption Text: Relating to alternative settings for behavior management in public schools, including the development of restorative discipline practices as part of a school district's discipline and placement of a student in a disciplinary alternative education program.

Author: Wu(D)










Here is the text of the bill...

This bill did not become law.




Texas HB 62

Texas Legislature Online

02/25/2022 (Died)


HB 62 in 87R

Caption Text: Relating to the use of disciplinary alternatives to suspension by a school district and the creation of the restorative justice coordinating council.

Author: Talarico










Here is the text of the bill...










This bill did not become law.



Texas HB 2991

Texas Legislature Online

04/16/2019


HB 2991 in 86R

Caption Text: Relating to the use of disciplinary alternatives to suspension by a school district and the creation of the restorative justice coordinating council.

Author: Talarico(D) | Bernal






Texas HB 3219

Texas Legislature Online

05/19/2019 (Died)


HB 3219 from 86(R)

Caption Text: Relating to the discipline and behavior management of a public school student.

Author: Allison(R)

Here is the text of the bill...

Here is bill analysis by Allison...

This bill did not become law.






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