News

25 Jun

DSC-NY and CDF-NY Organize First Twitter Party

in

For community members and stakeholders working towards fair and restorative discipline in New York City schools, efforts did not start or end with the hearing. In fact, The Children's Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) and the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) worked in collaboration to organize their first-ever “Twitter Party” on the Discipline Code on June 19th. The virtual party focused on raising awareness of the deadline for submitting proposed revisions to the 2013-14 Discipline Code and the need for more progressive and supportive school discipline.

16 Jun

Dignity in Schools Campaign, Legal Defense Fund, Local Advocates Announce Recommendations for Mississippi State Education Plan

in
Jackson, Mississippi - Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and local advocates announced their recommendations for Mississippi’s draft state education plan, which will be submitted on September 18th to the U.S. Department of Education in compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).
03 May

Comprehend Don’t Suspend

in
Discipline is not synonymous with punishment. True discipline is not condemning one for their behavior, but finding a solution that prevents harmful behavior from reoccurring. In the case of school disciplinary practices, true discipline should not be about discouraging a student from attending school. Unfortunately, that is what happens for too many students in New York City public schools that experience school suspensions. Our current system relies too heavily on punishment that has proven to be ineffective, because suspensions do not address the root causes of behavior and are racially discriminatory. 
10 Mar

Senate Vote on Eliminating ESSA Regulations

in
 
Yesterday, a Senate majority voted to repeal regulations created to ensure that states meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) when drafting their state plans.
28 Feb

The Dignity in Schools Campaign will Continue to Fight for Transgender Students’ Civil Rights

in

Last week, President Trump’s U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded federal guidance released in May of 2016 which clarified that transgender students are protected under Title IX, an existing federal law that protects students from discrimination based on sex. This included protecting students rights in using  public school restrooms that match their gender identity.”

 

As a national coalition of students, parents, educators, organizers and advocates, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) condemns the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the guidance. 

15 Feb

DSC's Compiled Resources on ICE Raids and Immigrants Rights

in

As many of you may be aware, there have been a series of actions taken by immigration officials last week and this weekend targeting immigrants in several cities across the country, including raids, interrogations and detention. Given that this may impact many of our members and their communities, we wanted to compile some of the resources we have seen shared in response. We plan to add all these to a new page on our website as well. Since this is not our area of experise we have probably left some resources out, so please reach out to us with any addtional things you'd like us to share with other members. We are especially looking for more resources specifically about schools (rights of immigrant students and parents, what to do if ICE or border patrol agents come on school grounds, steps schools and districts can take to protect students and parents, etc).

08 Feb

Youth and Parents will Continue the Fight for Quality Public Education for All Students

in

Yesterday, Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, was confirmed by 50 Senators and Vice President Mike Pence. As a national coalition of over 100 organizations from across the country and Washington DC, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) stands in unity with education justice stakeholders to continue fighting to ensure equity and human rights in public education. 

31 Jan

Students and Parents Across the Country Continue to Oppose Betsy DeVos’ Nomination as U.S. Secretary of Education

in

New York- Today, as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) voted 12 to 11 to support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and allies across the country continue to urge Senators to oppose her confirmation as it goes to the full Senate floor for approval. 

31 Jan

Students and Parents Across the Country Continue to Oppose Betsy DeVos’ Nomination as U.S. Secretary of Education

in

New York- Today, as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) voted 12 to 11 to support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and allies across the country continue to urge Senators to oppose her confirmation as it goes to the full Senate floor for approval. 

30 Jan

Education Advocates Urge State Departments of Education to Improve School Climates through ESSA State Plans

in

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a coalition of education advocates sent letters to Departments of Education in eight states advising officials to include measures in their state ESSA plans to reduce the overuse of discipline practices that push students out of the classroom.

24 Jan

NYC Students, Parents and Teachers Urge DOE to Be a Leader in Creating Safe School Climate

in

Students, parents, educators, elected officials, and civil rights advocates will speak out at the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Public Hearing on the School Discipline Code to urge the Department of Education to eliminate racial discrimination in school discipline and policing.

The Department of Education has made incremental progress in reducing the use of punitive discipline, but New York City remains to have some of the highest racial disparities in the nation. Now more than ever the Mayor’s Administration and Department of Education needs to take leadership and ensure approaches and outcomes across school discipline reflect the values of fairness and equity that for too long has eluded students of color. Changing racial inequities means embracing and implementing bold policy reforms and prioritizing funding for restorative practices and mental health supports

17 Jan

DSC Urges Senate HELP Committee to Oppose Nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education

in

New York- Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a national coalition of students, parents, educators and advocates across 27 states and Washington D.C., stands together in defense of our students’ human right to education and urges the Senate to reject President-elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

30 Dec

Countering the “Trump Effect”: Tips for Schools

in

by DSC member Jason Langberg

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

14 Dec

#CounselorsNotCops: SRO Shooting is Another Disturbing Example of Students Placed at Risk from Police in Schools

in

Last week, a School Resource Officer in Reno, Nevada shot a 14-year-old student, critically injuring him and putting other students at risk. Subsequently, the Washoe County School District’s Superintendent Traci Davis, applauded the police officer’s actions. The presence of police in schools has escalated dramatically in the last several decades. Law enforcement officers continue to be called on to address school safety issues and in turn further criminalize and harm students, especially students of color. Due to the bad judgement of a police officer on campus, another student has been attacked and faces life threatening injuries. In addition, other students and school staff were put at risk when shots were fired, and were subjected to the traumatic experience of watching a fellow student nearly lose their life at the hands of school district police. 

23 Nov

Highlights from our 2016 National Week of Action!

in

What a powerful 7th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout! Our members and allies held 100 events in over 40 cities across the country bringing attention to the school to prison pipeline and to the solutions shaped by youth, parents and educators. Thank you to everyone who participated, organized actions and helped spread the word. We could not have done this without you! Stay tuned for our #DSCWoA2016 Highlights Video coming soon!

22 Nov

Help End School Pushout, Support us on Giving Tuesday, November 29!

in

One week from today, on November 29, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving where we will ask for your support to continue our work with youth and parent members in the movement to End the School to Prison Pipeline.

15 Nov

Protecting the Human Rights of Students and Families in a Trump Administration

in

Now that election results are in, the Trump administration is beginning to name its potential cabinet members and we have some sense of the political climate students and parents will face for the next 4 years. As the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), we reaffirm our support for the increasingly critical work our member organizations are doing in their communities across the country.

23 Oct

National Week of Action Against School Pushout Wraps Up

in

Today is the final day of our Week of Action and we are excited by the powerful events, creativity and strength of our members and allies who participated across the country! Over the weekend we continue the conversation on social media to #RethinkDiscipline and focus on our national Demand #5: End paddling and physical punishment in all schools.

22 Oct

Full Saturday of Events on Day 8 of the Week of Action

in

The National Week of Action Against School Pushout features not one but two Saturdays because we couldn’t fit all the events in just one! There are events in over a dozen cities today, including rallies, teach-ins and the release of data and research from parents and youth.

21 Oct

Focus on School Climate Under #ESSA on Day 7

in

On the heels of our successful national event in Pittsburgh last night, co-hosted with Education Rights Network and One Pittsburgh, the Dignity in Schools Campaign Week of Action continues on Day 7. Today we are using #RethinkDiscipline under #ESSA, focusing on our Demand #4: Make sure states and districts focus on school climate under the new federal law - the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)