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The Valedictorian

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Damon Smith had been suspended more than 20 times before entering high school. After working with Eric Butler, a restorative justice counselor, Smith graduated at the head of his class.

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> How Did this High School Student Go From Being Suspended 20 Times to Graduating Valedictorian? The Nation, 12 June 2014

Dignity in Schools Campaign works to end school pushout and support alternatives to zero tolerance discipline policies.

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Dignity in Schools Campaign is a grantee (via a re-grant from National Economic and Social Rights Initiative) of Atlantic’s Children & Youth programme in the United States, which funds efforts to reform school discipline policies.