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

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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.

We know that the fight to ensure that every student in this country has access to a quality education is nothing new. Students, parents, educators and advocates have been fighting against attacks on our right to education, from hostile school climates, to schools that have more police and security than counselors, to the criminalization and massive pushout of poor youth, especially youth of color. We also know that these attacks are likely to increase under a President that has already proclaimed himself the “law and order candidate,” and cited Richard Nixon – the creator of zero tolerance – as his inspiration. We know that historically this kind of rhetoric has not fostered either an equal application of the law or peace in our communities. Instead it has brought mass incarceration and criminalization of people of color and poor people, and a growing sense of injustice.

Our coalition of over 100 organizations in 27 states and Washington D.C. has been building the power of parents, youth, organizers, advocates and educators to transform our communities, support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools, and to fight racism and all forms of oppression.  

The DSC will continue to engage in direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and leadership development to fight for schools that treat all youth and their parents with respect, dignity, and equity regardless of their race, gender, immigration status, physical and mental ability, religion or class. We will continue challenging the systemic pushout of millions of students in our nation’s schools and work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

We call on the American public who deeply cares about the future of our education system to join the Dignity in Schools Campaign and grow the movement for safe and just public schools. You can find more information about our work here, including how to get involved: