In the News

09/29/2016 - 11:59am

A coalition of family and civil-rights groups launched a national campaign Wednesday to “end the regular presence” of police, armed security and truancy officers posted inside schools.

The Dignity in Schools coalition took its “Counselors Not Cops” campaign to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, and held briefings at the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. 

09/21/2016 - 11:54am

The Dignity in Schools Campaign called for the removal of law enforcement from schools Wednesday in a policy document that also calls for new forms of discipline and student supports, such as restorative justice programs.

The coalition is made up of "over 100 organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia representing students, parents, advocates, and educators that promote alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization, and the dismantling of public schools."

09/21/2016 - 12:29am

Law enforcement officers were regularly stationed in 10 percent of schools in 1997. By 2014, school resource officers were stationed in about one-third of schools. Now, two decades since the number of school-based police officers started to explode, a coalition of over 100 education and social justice organizations are calling for a course correction.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign ― a coalition of organizations, parents and students from 27 states ― wants heavily policed campuses to be a thing of the past. It released a set of recommendations on Wednesday to promote alternatives to harsh school discipline and youth criminalization. DSC members plan to present the guidance to lawmakers during congressional briefings later in the day.

09/09/2016 - 8:13pm

Providing recommendations for the role of police in schools, the U.S. Justice and Education Departments have released the “Safe School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, Understanding, and Respect ‘SECURe’ State and Local Policy Rubric.”

07/18/2016 - 12:00am

The Department of Education recently released some startling numbers about how much our country spends on prisons versus schools that added fuel to the fire of national conversation about criminal justice reform.

07/18/2016 - 12:00am

Leaders in Howard County's African-American community say that a slight decrease in the suspension rate of black students from county schools is encouraging, but that the community still has a long way to go to eliminate racial disparities in school discipline.

07/18/2016 - 12:00am

Black students in the Omaha Public Schools continue to sit in detention, face expulsion and get suspended at higher rates than their white and Hispanic classmates, a new report shows.

07/15/2016 - 12:00am

As a 14-year-old, Ayanna Rasheed never dreamed she would one day be valedictorian of her high school class, a youth advocate, and a licensed EMT.

07/14/2016 - 12:00am

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or national origin.

07/13/2016 - 12:00am

Before they began following a controversial new student misconduct policy late this spring, Collingswood school officials called local police 32 times over nine months.