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Major New Study Finds Restorative Justice Led to Safer Schools, but Hurt Black Students’ Test Scores

In one Pittsburgh elementary school classroom, students started the day in a circle, explaining how they were feeling as others listened intently. Some were happy, but others were sleepy or sad.

“Let’s remember those who said they’re tired or frustrated so we can help them out today,” the teacher said in closing.

A similar ritual for a group of sixth-graders in another class didn’t go as well. Asked to share their week’s high and low points, students talked over each other. When the teacher shared her own low point, a student yelled, “I thought your low point would be teaching us every day.”