Demond Fernandez, WFAA, September 23, 2021
Dallas Independent School District is making some changes in how it addresses student disciplinary issues across middle and high school campuses.
The school district is doing away with in-school and out-of-school suspensions as disciplinary practices. The district, instead, will address student behavior issues by incorporating “reset centers” in its 52 middle and high schools.
The school district’s program change is, in part, to address the history and disproportionate number of minority students who were being disciplined by suspensions.
Data from Dallas ISD shows prior to the pandemic, of the students placed in out-of-school suspension during the 2019-2020 school year, 52% were African American, 44% were Hispanic, and 2.4% were white.
Dallas ISD administrators said they are getting calls from other school districts interested in learning more about its reset centers.