U.S. Secretary of Education Calls on Charter Schools to Rethink Discipline

This week, U.S. Secretary of Education John King called on charter schools across the country to rethink their use of exclusionary discipline practices like suspensions and ex-pulsions, so that more students remain in school to learn. At a speech given at the Na-tional Charter School Conference in Nashville, Dr. King emphasized the need for all schools to “create a school culture that motivates students to want to do their best, to support their classmates and to give back to their community,” and called for charter schools to become leaders in this effort. 

Pittsburgh Youth and Parents demand Solutions Not Suspensions!

Last month, parents, advocates, and students from our member organizations Action United and the Education Rights Network held a Solutions Not Suspensions rally and testified at the Pittsburgh Public School Board meeting to call for immediate action to end an over reliance on suspensions, especially for the district's youngest students. 

New Federal Discipline Data Shows Racial Disparities Continue
New York- Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new data on school discipline revealing that students of color continue to be suspended, expelled and arrested in schools at higher rates than white students, pushing them out of the classroom and into a pipeline to prison and low-wage jobs.
The new data shows that Black students are 3.8 times as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions, and 2.3 times as likely to receive a referral to law enforcement or be subject to a school-related arrest as white students.
Expel the Box in Virginia

Tyler had dreams of going to an Ivy League school after graduating from his segregated, inner-city school. Sarah worked extremely hard to overcome grinding poverty and position herself to get a scholarship. Juan is an English learner who wants to be the first in his family to go to college. Maya is a student with an emotional disability emanating from childhood trauma who wants to get a business degree and start a women’s empowerment organization. Sadly, all four of these Virginia seniors face a barrier to pursuing higher education.