THE PROJECT GOALS
Become a certified restorative justice coalition through the International Institute for Restorative Justice Practices
By June 2019, train and develop educators and youth to advocate for the re-introduction of bill SB2545/ HB2516 (Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, requires all school personnel to receive implicit bias in-service training annually; requires students desiring a license to teach to pass a course of implicit bias training. - Amends TCA Title 49.)
Initiate an inaugural Memphis Restorative Justice Institute which will train educators, non-profit leaders, public servants and etc. throughout Memphis and the Tri-State area.
Adopt 1 Shelby County School to pilot Public Policy & Restorative Justice Infused Youth Empowerment & Leadership Development program and recruit students.
The pilot school will have lower suspension rates as compared to the previous academic school year by May 2019.
Hold the Public Policy & Restorative Justice Symposium by May 2019.
Establish a partnership with Shelby County Schools to facilitate mandatory implicit bias and restorative justice training resulting in a decrease in suspensions across the district by June 2020.
THE HARD TRUTH
BLACK STUDENTS MAKE UP THE STATE OF TENNESSEE'S SUSPENSIONS
NATIONAL SUSPENSIONS OCCURRED IN 13 SOUTHERN STATES
BLACK & LATINO STUDENTS MAKE UP THE RATE OF STUDENTS SUSPENDED IN SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS DURING THE 2017-18 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR
Our core policy levers include:
Establish a local restorative justice training center tailored for school level and district level educators
Recommendation to Shelby County Schools and Local School Board to require implicit bias and restorative justice training for school leadership teams and all district leadership