Dignity in Schools Blog
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the historic release of the federal Joint Guidance on School Discipline from the Departments of Education and Justice. This Joint Guidance, the first of its kind, describes how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer discipline in non-discriminat
What an amazing Week of Action, full of local events showcasing the leadership of youth, parents and teachers in the fight to end school pushout! DSC members have truly outdone themselves this year with over 100 events in 52 cities hosted by more than 70 organizations, making this year our biggest Week of Action ever (by far!).