published on December 12, 2016 - 4:18 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

(AP) — Most teachers at a Fresno high school have signed a petition demanding a stricter and more consistent student discipline policy and more say in how disruptive students are punished.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) at least 70 of the 85 McLane High School teachers signed the petition calling for changes.

Teachers say McLane has constant disruptions, numerous on-campus fights and verbal abuse of teachers by students.

The newspaper reports Fresno Unified administrators say restorative programs are working. One trustee cites lower numbers of suspensions and expulsions as proof.

Restorative justice practices aim to fix issues at the heart of student misbehavior, instead of merely kicking students out of classrooms.

Fresno Unified officials praised McLane High School’s restorative justice program this month at a California School Boards Association conference.

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