Through PASSAGE (Positive and Safe Schools Advancing Greater Equity), the Metro Nashville Public Schools are collaborating with the community, and its local partner, the Oasis Center, to reduce discipline disparities and promote positive approaches to school discipline. As the initiative heads into its second phase, its intent is clear: Keep students whose stories often go unheard in school; reduce punitive measures, especially among students of color who are often punished more frequently; and build a greater sense of community.
Highs, lows a part of Nashville schools' discipline initiative
By Jason Gonzales
The Tennessean (11/4/16)
"The intent of PASSAGE is to keep students such as Bailey, whose stories often go unheard, in school; cut down on punitive measures, especially among students of color who are often punished more often; and build a greater sense of community. For the teen that was a success.
As the initiative heads into another year at Metro Nashville Public Schools, with more grant money and a broader focus, the past two years building the foundations of restorative practices in the district have seen their ups and downs.