Save our Alternative Schools


Valerie Martinez and Editor: Alya Niang

Last night on February 16, 2022 at a budget meeting, Pamela Boozer-Strother voted “No” to alternative schools and “No” to restorative practice.

Ms. Whitworth encouraged many students to reach out and type a letter to Pamela Boozer-Strother and other board members asking for their support for At-Risk students and training teachers to be restorative.

Well what if you don’t know what alternative schools and restorative practices are,and what is CBC?

Community Based Classroom, also known as CBC is an alternative school. Alternative schools are designed to educate students who have not been successful in regular schools. Maybe they weren’t successful because of behavior or disciplinary and safety concerns. Alternative schools gives those students a second chance at learning. It can improve attitudes toward school and reduce behavior problems. Alternative schools provide a different a different educational experience. There are many benefits for students that go to alternative schools. Who wouldn’t want a second chance?

Restorative practices is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. Examples of restorative practices include community building circles, affective statements, and setting classroom agreements or norms. This empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups. It is an opportunity to make things right.