Dignity in Schools - Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Chapter of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC-LA) is a coalition of youth, parents, educators and advocates working together to challenge the systemic problem of “pushout” from Los Angeles schools.  DSC-LA promotes an approach to school discipline that values human rights, every child’s fundamental right to an education, and child-centered, dignified reform in schools to keep children in school, rather than current approaches that punish and exclude children.

About Us
Our Work





About Us

Chaper Members:

ACLU of Southern California
Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE)

Children’s Defense Fund - California

Community Rights Campaign of the Labor/Community Strategy Center

Public Counsel

Youth Justice Coalition

Campaign Goals:

1. School Police Reform:

  • Collect and release data on all police contact with students
  • Decriminalize truancy - No tickets! No sweeps!
  • Community review Board to monitor School Police

2. College Prep Not Prison Prep:

  • Community Interventionists/Peace Workers at each school
  • Schools as youth/community centers
  • Opportunities for youth jobs

3. Full Implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support:

  • Alternatives to suspension/expulsion/arrests
  • Use school data to hold schools accountable
  • Parent/youth involvement in school safety and discipline
  • Support SB 433 to ensure fairness at charter schools

Our Work


Week of Action on School Pushout


Campaign News

DSC Members Celebrate Victory in Los Angeles 5/20/13

You Can't Build Peace with a Piece April Fools' Week of Action! 4/4/13


Community Rights Campaign Truancy Victory 4/29/11

How 2 Minutes Can Change Your Entire Life, 2/15/11

Grassroots Policy to Transform LAUSD School Discipline & Policing of Students, 10/21/10

Caps and Gowns, Not Jail Cell Bound: Groups Challenge Pushout in LA, 10/15/10

DSC-LA Marches on LA Unified School District Headquarters, 5/25/10

Report on Police in LA Schools, 1/26/10


DSC-LA in the News

"L.A. Unified School District Bans Suspension for 'Willful Defiance'"  by Teresa Watanabe (Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2013)

"Where Are The Student Voices in the Gun Control Debate" by James Cersonsky (AlterNet, January 25, 2013)

"Rep. Scott, Juvenile Advocates Want Gun Discussion to Include Concerns of Urban Youth" by John Kelly (Chronicle of Social Change, January 23, 2013)

"After Newtown, School Communities Brace for Another Influx of Police" by Julianne Hing (Colorlines, January 10, 2013)

"California Laws Aim to Curb Use of School Suspension" by Nirvi Shah (Education Week, October 4, 2012)
"Activists Concerned About School Suspensions Plan a Series of Events" by Vanessa Romo (Southern California Public Radio, September 28, 2012)
"Community Over Crime: What Anaheim Can Learn From L.A." by Kaile Shilling (Los Angeles Magazine, July, 30,2012)

"LAPD Stops Arresting Kids on Their Way to School " by Eric Sapp (Huffington Post, April 19, 2011)

"LAPD Won’t Ticket Tardy Students on Their Way to School Anymore" by Julianne Hing (Colorlines, April 18, 2011)

"Police to stop ticketing tardy students on their way to school" by Howard Blume (Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2011)

"Dignity in Schools Campaign pushes back during Week of Action" by Emily Hunt (The South Los Angeles Report, Los Angeles, CA October 21, 2010)

“Los Angeles: Epicenter of High School Dropouts—Or Are They Pushed?” by Diane Lefer (Dick & Sharon's LA Progressive, October 15, 2010)


DSC-LA Media


DSC-LA Car March

DSC-LA Press Releases:

South Los Angeles Schools Set Historic Goals to Keep Youth in School and Decrease Disproportionate Discipline for African-American Students

Students and Civil Rights Groups Announce Revised LAPD Protocol to Reduce Curfew Tickets That Have Targeted Students of Color

Human Rights Report Reveals Non-Compliance in Schools



Fact Sheets & Publications:

Health Impact Assessment of School Discipline Policies: A Health Impact Assessment of Exclusionary School Discipline, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Restorative Justice Policies in Three California School Districts

Redefining Dignity in Our Schools: A Shadow Report on School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Implementation in South Los Angeles, 2007-2010

Police in LAUSD: The Need for Accountability and Alternatives, 2010   

Solutions for Los Angeles School Police Department: A Blueprint for School Police Reform, 2010