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Monday, August 14, 2023 – Hope for reducing Native student expulsions

A pilot program in a handful of New Mexico schools aims to cut down on the high number of Native American expulsions. It uses conflict resolution and restorative justice methods to both build a sense of community and hold students accountable for bad behavior. Proponents hope the program in the schools can mirror successes in other institutions. It comes after reports that Native students are expelled at a higher rate than others.


Dr. Pandora Mike (Diné), principal at Tsé Bit A’í Middle School and 2023 New Mexico national distinguished principal of the year

Dannell Yazzie (Diné), assistant principal at Tsé Bit A’í Middle School

Bryant FurlowNew Mexico In-Depth reporter and member of ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network

Emma Greenrestorative practices practitioner and consultant at New Mexico Public Education Department