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Changing the Code of Discipline

No one wants safe schools more than we do. The best way to get there is to replace the current discipline policies — at Noble and throughout all of Chicago Public Schools — with one that actually works. What all the research demonstrates, and what our personal experience confirms, is that what makes a school safe is the quality of relationships between students, teachers and staff. Extreme discipline — whether it's fining a student for forgetting his belt or arresting an 11-year-old for throwing a tantrum — actively damages the trusting, respectful and supportive relationships that make our schools safe.