Fair and Just School Climate

"Talk It Out!" – NYC Students Create Peer Mediation Music Video

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-10-22

Students from the Morris Campus Student Leadership Council (at Bronx International High School in NYC) came together to write and create this video to promote peer mediation at their school. The song is called "Talk It Out," and the video was featured during the Youth Speak Out session at the recent AFT Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles.

Students from the Morris Campus Student Leadership Council (at Bronx International High School in NYC) came together to write and create this video to promote peer mediation at their school. The song is called "Talk It Out," and the video was featured during the Youth Speak Out session at the recent AFT Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles.

Boston Youth Organizers Hosting Oct. 3 Listening Project

Youth organizers in Boston are hosting an Oct. 3rd Listening Project on school discipline. Share your views with them at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Roxbury Crossing, Jackson, and Ashmont MBTA stations.

Youth organizers in Boston are hosting an Oct. 3rd Listening Project on school discipline. Share your views with them at Forest Hills, Ruggles, Roxbury Crossing, Jackson, and Ashmont MBTA stations.

New Tool Provides Easy Access to Discipline Data Across the Country

For an easy way to find suspensions rates in your district broken down by race, gender and English learner or disability status, check out this new online tool from UCLA's Civil Rights Project. 

Want to know the suspension rate in your district, maybe broken down by race, gender and English learner or disability status? Unfortunately, the federal Office of Civil Rights data collection on school discipline (the most comprehensive source for these numbers) isn't the easiest database to navigate. So hats off to the team at UCLA's Civil Rights Project for their new online tool that lets advocates and organizers quickly and easily look up the data they need for their communities. Check it out!

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Boston Takes the Lead in MA Discipline Reform

There's a new victory in the fight to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Last week, the Boston School Committee adopted an entirely new Code of Conduct by unanimous vote that centers on alternative and supportive discipline practices. 

Just over one year ago, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Chapter 222 legislation, a school discipline reform law requiring districts to revise their Codes of Conduct to issue suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort. Last week, Boston Public Schools (BPS) became the first district in the state to adopt a new Ch.

Twitter, Facebook, and Education in the Boston Mayoral Race

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are candidates' social media handles so you can contact them directly and ask them how they plan to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn.

6 Questions for Boston's Next Mayor

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are the 6 questions every Bostonian should ask the candidates about their education policies.

Six Questions to Ask Boston's Next Mayor

New Infographic: Welcome to CharterLand!

Many policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Check out our latest infographic to find out why.

CharterLandMany policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Based on research from Dr.

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Are Girls Invisible in the Movement for Boys and Men of Color?

In our national discussion around educational inequities, the narrative often focuses on the plight of boys and young men of color who face the worse injustices and lack of opportunity. Monique Morris, a Soros Justice Fellow and co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, thinks this focus on young men of color, while important, is rendering young women of color and the unique struggles they face invisible.

In our national discussion around educational inequities, the narrative often focuses on the plight of boys and young men of color who face the worse injustices and lack of opportunity. Monique Morris, a Soros Justice Fellow and co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, thinks this focus on young men of color, while important, is rendering young women of color and the unique struggles they face invisible.

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Winning Justice at School: Part 1 - Padres y Jovenes Unidos

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-07-31

Padres y Jovenes Unidos, a Denver-based OTL ally, successfully pushed for legislation limiting the role of police in schools. The group was featured in a video series by the Public Interest Projects' Just and Fair Schools Fund, which profiles groups across the country who are making real headway in the fight to end harsh discipline policies and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Padres y Jovenes Unidos, a Denver-based OTL ally, successfully pushed for legislation limiting the role of police in schools. The group was featured in a video series by the Public Interest Projects' Just and Fair Schools Fund, which profiles groups across the country who are making real headway in the fight to end harsh discipline policies and the school-to-prison pipeline.

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