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A shift away from zero-tolerance discipline policies (The Atlantic): School districts from New York City to Los Angeles are shifting away from zero-tolerance discipline policies that use out-of-school suspension as a catch all punishment for student defiance. Education Lab has written extensively about similar efforts in the Puget Sound region, including in Kent and Highline.

Tennessee considers ‘parent trigger’ bill (Chalkbeat Tennessee): Lawmakers in Tennessee are debating legislation that would allow parents at low-performing schools to initiate a turnaround by replacing administrators and teachers, extending school hours, or converting the school to a charter. Critics say the bill is unnecessary because an elected school board already has the authority to take similar steps.

What Rainier Beach didn’t do just as important as what it did: Seattle Times metro columnist Danny Westneat gives his take on Rainier Beach High School’s dramatic improvements in graduation and enrollment rates.

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