Updates

U.S. Dept. of Education Brief Finds Increased Spending on Corrections vs. Education
07/15/2016
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released a brief detailing that over the last three decades "state and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool through grade P-12 education." The report indicates that "all states had lower expenditure growth rates for P-12 education than for corrections, and in the majority of the states, the rate of increase for corrections spending was more than 100 percentage points higher than the growth rate for education spending."
National Youth Alliance Statement Supporting the Movement for Black Lives
07/14/2016

Last week, we were re­traumatized by the horror of watching the recorded murder of Alton Sterling, only to feel this deepen with the live Facebook streaming of Philando Castile’s murder a few hours later. Our hearts are heavy for Quinyetta McMillan and Cameron Sterling, and for Diamond Reynolds and the Castile family. The Dignity in Schools Campaign, an anchor network of the National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (NYA-BMoC), has joined NYA-BMoC in releasing a joint statement in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. 

Beyond the First Look: Turning Local Data into Action Webinar with Schott Foundation- Slides Available Here
07/07/2016

Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign co-hosted the Beyond the First Look: Turning Local Data Action webinar with the Schott Foundation for Public Education. The webinar discussed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Education's "first look" Office for Civil Rights Data Collection gathered for the 2013-2014 school year.

U.S. Secretary of Education Calls on Charter Schools to Rethink Discipline
07/01/2016

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.