Federal Strategies

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the most comprehensive federal education funding legislation, last passed in 2001 as No Child Left Behind.

Federal Legislative Toolkit

Welcome to the DSC Federal Legislative Toolkit. Our goal is to offer a one-stop-shop of resources to assist you with your federal advocacy needs.  We will update the page periodically to ensure you have the best, most recent and relevant information. Please contact us at info(at)dignityinschools.org if there is additional information that will assist you in your federal advocacy work.

Federal School Discipline Guidance Released January 2014

On January 8, 2014 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder released historic Federal School Discipline Guidance that lays out school districts’ civil rights obligations when it comes to school discipline.

DSC Days at the Capitol

The DSC Days at the Capitol brings together parents, students, educators and education advocates who seek to raise awareness and build support for urgently needed school discipline reform. For the Days at the Capitol, members of the DSC travel to Washington, D.C.

Senate Hearing on Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 was a historic day for the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and our allies in the fight to end school pushout and ensure the human right to education for all children and young people. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first-ever Congressional hearing on "Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline."

DSC Federal Policy Recommendations

We develop federal policy recommendations and national action strategies for promoting positive alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline, such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, restorative practices, conflict resolution and mediation programs.

Congressional Resolution on School Pushout

On Friday, December 17th, Rep Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a resolution inspired by the Dignity in Schools Campaign National Resolution for Ending School Pushout, a call to action issued one year ago and signed by more than 200 individuals and organizations from all 50 states.