School Discipline

On February 2015 DSC-NY member Advocates for Children of New York released the Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies report finding that a significant number of City charter schools have discipline policies that fail to meet legal requirements, leadin

On March 2016, the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project at UCLA released the Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Comprehensive Review report. This report, along with the companion spreadsheet, provides the first comprehensive description ever compiled of charter school discipline. In 2011-12, every one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools was required to report its school discipline data, including charter schools.

24 Feb

More Conversation about Race, Not Less, Needed in Henrico County

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On February 4, 2016, students at Glen Allen High School – located in the “Capitol of the Confederacy” – watched a four-minute, animated video titled, “Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race.” The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) produced the video, which The Washington Post describes as “contextualiz[ing] historic racial disparity in the United States using the metaphor of a race track in which runners face different obstacles depending upon their racial background.” 

On February 12, 2015 DSC-NY member Advocates for Children of New York released a report, Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies, where they reviewed 164 New York City charter schools' discipline policies.

On February 23, 2015 the UCLA Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies released the report Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap.This report helps us distinguish districts that are more effective in addressing discipline disparities, fro

In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) held two regional public meetings and accepted written comments for Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dignity in Schools Campaign members testified at both hearings and submitted written comments.

11 Jan

Dignity in Schools Campaign Members from 4 States Testify at Dept. of Ed Public Hearing on Priorities for New Every Student Succ

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New York- Today, the U.S. Department of Education will be holding the first of two regional public hearings on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and Pennsylvania will be testifying at today’s hearing in Washington D.C. to urge the Department of Education to issue guidelines for how states, districts, and schools can implement the school climate and discipline reform provisions promoted in the law. 

09 Dec

DSC Urges Strong Implementation of Discipline Reforms Following Senate Vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act

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New York, NY- Today, the bipartisan effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), was passed by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law shortly by President Obama. Last week, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) issued a letter opposing the bill because it unnecessarily diminishes the federal oversight and accountability recognized as essential to safeguarding the civil rights of our nation’s most vulnerable students since the law’s enactment in 1965. 

11 Oct

Day 9: Week of Action Wraps Up Today

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On the last day of the Week of Action, check out our DSC Tumblr page with photos from events around the country that took place during the week! Actions wrap up with street art, a 5K run and more as communities continue to call for #ParentPower and #YouthPower to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

05 Oct

DSC Week of Action Day 3: Use positive interventions instead of suspensions, expulsions or arrests and end racial disparities

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As the DSC’s 6th annual National Week of Action kicks into high gear on our 3rd day, we demand that our local, state and federal policy-makers use positive interventions instead of suspensions, expulsions or arrests, and take action to end racial disparities in discipline. Today we are telling schools, districts and decision-makers to #RethinkDiscipline.

04 Oct

DSC Week of Action Day 2: Shift funding from school police to counselors and positive discipline

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On day two of DSC’s 6th annual National Week of Action, we are telling federal policy-makers, states and schools districts to #EducateDontIncarcerate and give all students a safe place to learn.
 

02 Oct

Groups Nationwide Rally Against Unjust School Discipline Policies

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NEW YORK CITY -- From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., hundreds of youth, parents, advocates, policymakers and community leaders are taking action this coming week to address the problem of overly harsh school discipline policies that push students out of school.

18 Jun

Youth, Parents and Advocates Meet with Legislators to Recommend Positive Alternatives to School Discipline

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On June 3-4, 2015, Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from over 20 organizations representing 11 states convened in Washington DC to share stories of school pushout with legislators and give recommendations for how the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) can support positive solutions for building safe and supportive school communities.

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