Resources on Your State

The DSC is gathering Know Your Rights booklets for youth, Advocacy Guides for parents and other materials from states around the country.

Alabama

Overview of Fourteen Southern States' Suspension Laws (2010) (Document)

A detailed overview of school discipline policies in fourteen southern states in five key areas: 1) Suspension procedures; 2) Appeals process; 3) Conditions for admittance/readmittance to other district in state 4) Alternative education. 

Reducing Dropout in Alabama through PBIS (Document)

"Effective Discipline for Student Success: Reducing Student and Teacher Dropout Rates in Alabama," Southern Poverty Law Center (July 2008).

Alaska

The Dropout/Graduation Crisis Among American Indian and Alaska Native Students (2010) (Document)

This paper examines the graduation/dropout crisis among American Indian and Alaska Native students using data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Data from 2005 is drawn from the seven states with the highest percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native students as well as five states in the Pacific and Northwestern regions of the United States.

Arizona

The Dropout/Graduation Crisis Among American Indian and Alaska Native Students (2010) (Document)

This paper examines the graduation/dropout crisis among American Indian and Alaska Native students using data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Data from 2005 is drawn from the seven states with the highest percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native students as well as five states in the Pacific and Northwestern regions of the United States.

Arkansas

Overview of Fourteen Southern States' Suspension Laws (2010) (Document)

A detailed overview of school discipline policies in fourteen southern states in five key areas: 1) Suspension procedures; 2) Appeals process; 3) Conditions for admittance/readmittance to other district in state 4) Alternative education. 

The Problems of Rural Schools and Dropout (Document)

“Rural Students at Risk in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas,” Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (1995).

California

(California) School-based Restorative Justice as an Alternative to Zero-Tolerance Policies: Lessons from West Oakland (Document)

Conducted by the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, this study is one of the first studies to closely examine the impact of restorative justice on an American inner-city school. Researchers spent one year observing a restorative justice program at the Cole Middle School in West Oakland, California, interviewing teachers, students, and parents.

Alternatives to Zero Tolerance Resolution, California (Document)

In 2003, the California State PTA to passed a resolution on Alternatives to Zero Tolerance<