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A-2 Thursday, September 17, 2015 Precinct Reporter California Indians will celebrate Native American Day at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, September 25 from 6-9pm in the Lower Commons Area. The festivities are free and open to the public. They will share traditional dances, songs, and crafts. The event is sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and CSUSB Holden Bill to Provide College Opportunity Heads to Gov. Marc Morial Humanitarian Tori Turner Community Choice Youth Award Winner Jeff Johnson Trailblazer Caroyln Hunter Owner-Operator Marvin Sapp Living Legend Aaron Johnson Community Choice Youth Award Winner Ava Duvernay Arts & Entertainment (not shown) 2015 McDonald's For McDonald's 365Black Award recipients, being selfless is the reward. Please join us as we applaud their tireless dedication to being deeply rooted in the community and inspiring others to keep giving back the lovin' to the places they call home. To find out more, visit . The biggest rewards happen off stage. spend more time rewarding pos- itive behaviors than punishing negative behaviors, which in turn led to a more positive school climate overall, where students wanted to behave well. "It's not enough to reduce suspension numbers," said Johns. "We want to reduce the behaviors that lead to suspen- sion." This does not mean there are no consequences when students make poor decisions. Instead of suspending students for minor infractions, students might receive additional instruction, counseling, be enrolled in an anger management class, or par- ticipate in other activities designed to modify a student's behavior. "The Board was ahead of the curve on some of this," Culberson said, noting that recent changes to California's education laws require schools to try other means of correction for student misbehavior instead of suspensions unless the student presents a danger to themselves or others. More recently, SBCUSD has been piloting a Restorative Justice model. The philosophy behind restorative justice is that misbehaviors violate trust and relationships more so than rules. The goal is for students to under- stand how their negative behav- iors hurt others, including fami- ly, friends, and classmates. The students are encouraged to make things right with those who have been harmed by their behavior. This may include a specific plan of action developed by the school or a youth court, with input from the victim, offender, and others affected by the behav- ior. The result is often stronger relationships and more empathy for others. The most important result of the reduction in suspensions is that more students are spending time in class, learning. When all students can focus more on the academic lessons and less on misbehaviors, all students bene- fit. "These accomplishments are a direct outcome of clear leader- ship and focus at every level, from the boardroom to the class- room," SBCUSD Super-inten- dent Dr. Dale Marsden said. "Our team is Making Hope Happen by ensuring our schools are engaging, students are focused, and positive interven- tions are in play to make certain more students are in school learning each day." S.B. Schools (Cont. from Page A-1) "Every time I'm talking to somebody, they say, 'No, we have somebody new now," said Taylor, president of the California Gardens Neighbor- hood Cluster Association. Taylor, who grew up in San Bernardino, said that her neigh- borhood has calmed down a lot, but she still hears guns popping in the background. Still, it's not half as bad as the string of homi- cides ten years ago. When she first started with the Association, she said nobody wanted to go to Anne Shirrells Park. "It was crickets day and night. But now, people are going. There is life there now. We have the baseball games, kids are doing soccer." She is also interested in rais- ing community awareness on HR 2197, the Youth PROMISE (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) Act to provide resources toward prevention rather than incarceration. HR 2197 (Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott, D-VA) could help draw more federal funding to San Bernardino to lift youth out of self destructive cycles. The new project collabora- tion is critical to identify avail- More Action (Cont. from Page A-1) Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden's measure to pro- mote a college-going culture for underserved high school stu- dents cleared its final legislative hurdle and is now headed for the Governor's desk. AB 288-Concurrent Enrollment promises expanded offerings for high school stu- dents, allowing them to take more college courses, and be introduced to college-level coursework both on a high school campus and at a commu- nity college. "As recent reports have shown, large numbers of our high school students are simply not ready for college-level work. These students, mostly low- income, need a helping hand," stated Assemblymember Holden. "AB 288 is going to increase exposure to college- level coursework and college environments by authorizing community college districts to build pathways to career techni- cal education, college-readiness courses, and college-level gener- al education courses that prepare students for college." Lawmakers for years have considered expanding dual enrollment, but were unable to get the votes. Assemblymember Holden put together a coalition of educators (led by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges), legisla- tors on both sides of the aisle (led by Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen), big busi- ness, and labor. Governor Brown has until October 11 to sign AB 288. able resources, facilities, inter- vention services for youth to seniors, and understand what participants can bring to the table, she said. However, the biggest obsta- cle may be changing misconcep- tions. She said people in leader- ship positions tend to blame the victim, and don't seem to under- stand all of the layers of poverty. She said the system is con- fusing by design, and the Black and Brown community face strong barriers in education, transportation, laptops, and other necessities that everyone takes for granted. "It's so typical to say, 'You can just drive to the grocery store, cash your check, and get some food," she said. "But we have to meet people where they are."

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