Comprehend Don’t Suspend
Discipline is not synonymous with punishment. True discipline is not condemning one for their behavior, but finding a solution that prevents harmful behavior from reoccurring. In the case of school disciplinary practices, true discipline should not be about discouraging a student from attending school. Unfortunately, that is what happens for too many students in New York City public schools that experience school suspensions. Our current system relies too heavily on punishment that has proven to be ineffective, because suspensions do not address the root causes of behavior and are racially discriminatory. 
Senate Vote on Eliminating ESSA Regulations
Yesterday, a Senate majority voted to repeal regulations created to ensure that states meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) when drafting their state plans.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign will Continue to Fight for Transgender Students’ Civil Rights

Last week, President Trump’s U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded federal guidance released in May of 2016 which clarified that transgender students are protected under Title IX, an existing federal law that protects students from discrimination based on sex. This included protecting students rights in using  public school restrooms that match their gender identity.”


As a national coalition of students, parents, educators, organizers and advocates, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) condemns the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the guidance. 

DSC's Compiled Resources on ICE Raids and Immigrants Rights

As many of you may be aware, there have been a series of actions taken by immigration officials last week and this weekend targeting immigrants in several cities across the country, including raids, interrogations and detention. Given that this may impact many of our members and their communities, we wanted to compile some of the resources we have seen shared in response. We plan to add all these to a new page on our website as well. Since this is not our area of experise we have probably left some resources out, so please reach out to us with any addtional things you'd like us to share with other members. We are especially looking for more resources specifically about schools (rights of immigrant students and parents, what to do if ICE or border patrol agents come on school grounds, steps schools and districts can take to protect students and parents, etc).