Dignity in Schools Blog

16 Jun

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

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

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

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.
17 Jan

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


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.

23 Oct

National Week of Action Against School Pushout Wraps Up


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


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


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)

20 Oct

National ‘Lift Us Up’ Event in Pittsburgh on Day 6 of the Week of Action!


Today DSC members and allies will convene in Pittsburgh, PA for a national event with policy-makers, parents and students, including musical performances by Jasiri X! The event, Lift Us Up! Take Action to End the School to Prison Pipeline, will take place from 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM ET.

19 Oct

End #School2Prison on Week of Action Day 5


Today we are calling for an end to criminalization and discrimination in school discipline policies and practices through our national Demand #3: Stop arresting and pushing out students of color, LGBTQ youth, students that are homeless, and students with disabilities at higher rates. Nationally, Black students are pushed out at the highest rates.

18 Oct

Momentum Builds on Day 4 of the National Week of Action


Our National Week of Action is building momentum as we start our fourth day of events across the country! You can see highlights from local actions on our Tumblr page. To add photos from your event email Nancy Trevino.

17 Oct

#RethinkDiscipline on Day 3 of National Week of Action


On day three of the Week of Action, Dignity in Schools Campaign members are holding schools accountable for ending school pushout and creating positive school climates for learning.

16 Oct

Day 2 of National Week of Action Against School Pushout


It’s the second day of the Week of Action Against School Pushout, and it’s a great day to watch and share our Week of Action Video and familiarize yourself with the our national demands. Which ones resonate most with what you’re seeing in your schools and communities? Share your thoughts on social media using #DSCWoA2016.

15 Oct

National Week of Action Starts Today #CounselorsNotCops


The 7th Annual Dignity in Schools Campaign National Week of Action Against School Pushout starts today with events across the country! Our theme for this year is Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out!, a strong message echoing through events hosted by youth, parents and communities throughout the week.

24 Sep

DSC Holds Congressional Briefings on Examining the Role of Police in Schools


The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) held congressional briefings in Washington, DC, co-hosted with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., to educate federal policy-makers and national stakeholder groups about our new policy platform, Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular

08 Oct

Day 6: Demand Federal Accountability in ESEA and #InvestinPublicEd


DSC members and allies continue to make their voices heard with actions across the country and over social media by participating in our Thunderclap for Federal Accountability in ESEA.  We are demanding that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) holds states and districts accountable for creating equal educational opportunities for all students and addressing racial disparities in discipline.

06 Oct

DSC Week of Action Day 4: Fund Public Schools Not Prisons Event


Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign has partnered with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, to host the national event, Fund Public Schools, Not Prisons, available via live stream starting at 12pm et. Dignity in Schools Campaign youth and parent members, along with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Khalilah Harris, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative, will be engaged in conversation around the imbalance between growing investment in juvenile justice and the diminishing funding for public education.

16 Sep

A Clock is Not A Clock In the Hands of Ahmed


On Monday September 14th 2015 in Irving, Texas, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a Sudanese-Muslim 9th grader of MacArthur High School was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.

25 Aug

Member-Led Pushout Tour in Chesterfield and Henrico County Virginia


Members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) are in Virginia this week for a “School Pushout Tour,” bringing national attention to discipline policies that disproportionately push students of color out of school and fuel the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

16 Jul

Senate Fails to Protect Students' Human Right to Education


Members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) across the country are disappointed that today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a bill that fails to hold states accountable for eliminating discipline disparities and ensuring that all students have access to quality educational opportunities needed to succeed in life.  The Senate's bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Child Achieves Act, does nothing to require states to act to ensure that all students are performing well or to close opportunity gaps.

16 Jan

Youth Member Blog on #BlackLivesMatter


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" - Martin Luther King Jr.  The lack of indictments of the police officers that murdered 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City ignited a racial justice movement that was already building momentum.