Booker praises Baltimore school that sends kids to yoga instead of detention
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic debates MORE (D-N.J.) on Tuesday praised a Baltimore school program that assigns students to yoga classes instead of detention.

“This is amazing. When we talk about ending the school-to-prison pipeline, this is exactly the kind of thoughtful, innovative and commonsense practice to we need to adopt,” Booker tweeted, linking to a video from NowThisNews profiling the initiative.




The program at Fort Washington Elementary Middle/Elementary School in Baltimore aims to provide positive alternatives to keep students out of trouble, according to the video.

“It’s important for kids to meditate in Baltimore City and our environment just because the stress, trauma and all the negative things that’s going on in our life,” Ramone Brown, the program’s yoga instructor, says in the clip.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe four House Democrats who voted against the border funding bill Conservative group launches ad calling on 2020 Democrats to name potential Supreme Court picks Ocasio-Cortez: It was easier to get elected to Congress than pay off student loan debt MORE (D-N.Y.) offered similar praise for the program, tweeting the same clip Monday.

“I’ve worked w a LOT of kids in my past educational work. The ones who 'act up' almost always have issues at home or otherwise,” she wrote.

“Esp when it comes to elementary students, suspension + detention can make things worse. What kids need is healing tools + policy that helps families,” she added.