Nashville to tackle racial 'discipline gap' in schools
by Joey Garrison, The Tennessean
USA Today (7/23/14)


"...Talks began in February after Nashville and three other cities — Chicago, Los Angeles and New York — joined a new initiative known as PASSAGE, which stands for Positive & Safe Schools Advancing Greater Equity. The cities plan to share best practices and research on improving racial and disciplinary disparities.

"...PASSAGE is supported by Atlantic Philanthropies and by Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, where Register worked as an adviser before his 2009 arrival in Nashville.

Those piloting PASSAGE have already combed through the data over the past five months. With plans to break off into six committees to explore different areas, the focus now is to create a model that addresses both ends of the equation: support for youth early on and a fair and equitable response system when students make mistakes.