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Fox News: Student violence on the increase; teachers look for ways to reduce "misbehavior"

Nov 24, 2017, Fox News: Student chaos in classrooms has teachers looking to yoga mats, 'conflict circles' for solutions http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/24/student-chaos-in-classrooms-has-teachers-looking-to-yoga-mats-conflict-circles-for-solutions.html Students reportedly are flipping “over tables, desks and chairs" in one Pennsylvania district, leading to calls for help from teachers, and similar behavior in schools nationwide is causing educators to look at alternative ways to cut down on misbehavior and unruliness -- including swapping detention for yoga mats and holding one-on-one discussions. "I have been hit, I have been kicked, I have been restrained from behind where I've been unable to move my arms," Amanda Sheaffer, a first-grade teacher in Harrisburg, Pa., told her school board during a meeting Monday, according to FOX43. She added: "It really throws off the whole day. I mean, you have an incident happen and you have to do a room clear, get all the students out, and then after that you have to take the time to do the write-up, and you have to make sure security comes and gets the kids." … Six St. Paul public schools received $150,000 last year for extra staff and to get teachers and parents up to speed with the new approach, according to MPR News. Overall, the district has committed $4 million to the effort over three years. “Over the past couple years, Saint Paul Public Schools has seen a rise in dismissals, suspensions, fights, and safety concerns in our district,” Farnsworth Restorative Practice Program Coordinator Jim Yang told Fox News. “So there was a need to address some of the hurt that our district has been experiencing.” … Across the U.S., 2.8 million students in grades K-12 received one or more out of school suspensions in the 2013-2014 school year, the U.S. Department of Education says, but nationwide data isn’t available for more recent years.