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For Discipline, School Uses ‘Healing Circles’ Instead of Harsh Punishment

A conference being held at the University of Houston tomorrow will focus on a program that educators say will keep more students in school. The program is called restorative justice, and it aims to resolve conflicts within the school by creating a dialogue between teachers and students. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to […]

conference being held at the University of Houston tomorrow will focus on a program that educators say will keep more students in school. The program is called restorative justice, and it aims to resolve conflicts within the school by creating a dialogue between teachers and students. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to suspension and expulsion.

Houston Public Media’s Education Reporter Laura Isensee recently visited a school in Spring Branch, where students and teachers are already putting the program into practice. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll hear what she learned, and talk with a teacher and student who have taken part in it.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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