On June 4, students with DSC member organizations NC HEAT/Youth Organizing Institute and the Education Justice Alliance, together with the Coalition of Concerned Parents of African American Youth, joined forces and attended the Wake County School Board meeting to address the overuse of harsh discipline practices and arrests at the hands of School Resource Officers (SROs). The “Consent Agenda” of the meeting included a renewal of the School Resource Officer (SRO) contract, which funds the presence of the officers in Wake County High Schools.
Mississippi - Youth leaders with the Nollie Jenkins Family Center, a DSC member organization based in Holmes County, have created an online petition asking the Holmes County School Board commit to ending corporal punishment and discontinue the mandatory use of school uniforms.
Members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York, which included students, parents, educators and advocates from across the city, challenged the newest proposed revisions to the 2013-2014 Discipline Code, angered by the lack of significant changes made to address the disproportionate suspension rate of students of color.
DSC member organization Portland Parent Union successfully pushed for the passage of a bill to reform school discipline and roll back 'zero-tolerance' policies in Oregon. On May 21, 2013, the Oregon legislature passed HB 2192-B, removing mandatory expulsion requirements from the state's school discipline statute. The new legislation will go into effect in July 2014.