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At San Antonio Middle School, A Circle Can Reshape Discipline

aylen Murray and Kenneth Deckard squarely fit a category of students statistically more likely to drop out and end up in prison — a process that usually starts when they get in trouble at school.

Both have had discipline problems, are black, male, from single-parent households and attend a school that predominantly serves students of color living in poverty — a campus that didn’t meet state standards last year.

White Middle School, however, also is systematically changing how it responds to misbehavior, rule-breaking and violence. And state education leaders are watching closely because its “restorative discipline” pilot program, if it can be replicated, could be a model Texas badly needs.