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Fresno Unified is eyeing a program called restorative justice. Advocates say it could help graduation rates, give more youth a shot at college and address some of Fresno's social and economic ills. [Special report: Making It Right]
My name is John Alex Pena. I'm 19. I grew up my whole life in Fresno. The first time I got in trouble was freshman year. I had like 40 Sharpies in my backpack. The principal saw and put me in the opportunity class, for problem kids. That is when it all changed.
More than three years ago, a group of Fresno youths launched an effort to remake the city's public education system. We knew that too many young people were dropping out of high school and we wanted to stop this epidemic.
My name is Jane Carretero and I am 14 years old. Towards the beginning of my 8th grade school year at Fort Miller I started doing drugs, and my mom found out about it.
Today's articles about restorative justice in public schools represent a new partnership for The Bee. This time teenagers are helping us report the news.