Through PASSAGE (Positive and Safe Schools Advancing Greater Equity), AISR has supported districts and communities working together to reduce discipline disparities and promote positive approaches to school discipline. Due to Nashville’s promising work toward implementing a community and district collaboration model in PASSAGE’s first phase, Nashville was invited to participate in the next stage of PASSAGE in 2016, with Metro Nashville Public Schools as its district partner and the Oasis Center, a Nashville nonprofit that helps vulnerable youth overcome barriers through wraparound services, as PASSAGE's core community partner.
Tennessee students more likely to be suspended if they’re black boys — or live in Memphis
By Grace Tatter
Chalkbeat Tennessee (10/25/16)
Almost every school in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools has adopted a restorative justice approach, with districtwide help and resources from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform. As a result, the district has significantly reduced suspensions and narrowed racial disparities in discipline.
“Changing people’s mindset about the best way to manage discipline is a barrier,” said Tony Majors, Nashville’s director of student services. “But there are more people supportive of alternative discipline practices than opposed.”