On February 26-27, 2015, Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from 12 states convened in Washington DC to share stories of how harsh and punitive school discipline policies have negatively impacted educational outcomes, and to give recommendations for how federal legislation can support positive solutions for building safe and supportive school communities.
On February 14th, after the Historic Thousands on Jones Street march in Raleigh, nearly 200 radical Black youth and youth of color gathered on Shaw's historic campus where SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) was founded in April 1960 for the first North Carolina #BlackLivesMatter Youth Assembly.
On February 24th the Dignity in Schools Campaign submitted comments to the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing convened by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice. DSC's comments draw attention to the harmful impacts of discriminatory policing practices in U.S. public schools, especially on students of color, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students.
As congressional discussions on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continue, Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from 12 states will join Senator Murphy of Connecticut, Sherrilyn Ifill, Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and the Center for American Progress for a Roundtable on School Discipline on February 26th in Washington, DC.