Not If, But When?

Here we are again, consumed by grief and anger after the horrific and senseless killings of two more Black people at the hands of law enforcement. In Louisiana, Alton Sterling, was shot at point-blank range, multiple times, in the chest and back, while pinned to the ground by two police officers. The next day, his 15-year-old son stood before reporters sobbing uncontrollably and crying, "I want my Daddy." 

U.S. Dept. of Education Brief Finds Increased Spending on Corrections vs. Education
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

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

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.