Free Webinar! Solutions Not Suspensions:
How to Go from Mad to Movement Building
October 3, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
How can advocates turn their anger over harsh school discipline policies into a movement that will provide solutions not suspensions for all students?
In March 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released data from their Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) that showed without any equivocation that Black and Latino students are the subjects of disparate discipline policies. The results found that:
- African-American students represent 18% of students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of students suspended once, 46% of those suspended more than once and 39% of students expelled.
- Over 70% of the students who were either involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement were either Latino or African-American.
- Across all school districts, African-American students were over 3 ½ times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers.
Join the Opportunity to Learn Campaign (along with members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, our partner in the Solutions Not Suspensions initiative) for a 60-minute webinar to hear how you can go from mad to movement building!
This webinar will examine how student organizers in Philadelphia were able to collect necessary data, build their coalition, and win a decisive victory bringing about alternatives to out-of-school suspensions.
Panelists include Fred Ginyard, Youth Organizer, Youth United for Change; Hiram Rivera, Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union; and Dan Losen, Director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, The Civil Rights Project at University of California Los Angeles.
The event is free, but registration is required.
Click here to register!
Once you've registered, take a look at the following pre-webinar reading materials!
- UCLA's Civil Rights Project report, "Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion From School"
- Dignity in Schools Campaign's Model School Code
- Solutions Not Suspensions website
- News coverage of Philly student organizing victories
- News coverage of CO student organizing victories