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New Orleans Educator Says No to Suspension to Keep Students Alive and in School

Schools in New Orleans are looking for alternatives to suspension. At some schools, that alternative is called restorative practices — students and teachers sit down together, talk it out, and come up with a plan to prevent future conflicts. Cornelius Dukes runs restorative practices at Abramson Sci Academy.

He’s helped many students work through conflict, including Abramson Sci Senior Walter Bell. Dukes has mentored Walter since the fifth grade. WWNO’s Jess Clark spoke with Dukes and Walter about Walter’s growth, and why Dukes believes restorative practices are needed in New Orleans schools.