Fair and Just School Climate

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.

Ed Reform Should Focus on "Whole Child, Whole School, Whole City"

Four months after its exciting bus tour through NYC's boroughs, A+ NYC has released "Whole Child, Whole School, Whole City," an engaging report illustrating the ideas that parents, students, educators, and community members want the next NYC mayor to consider to support their schools and help every kid succeed.

Remember that awesome bus tour we told you about last March – the one where A+ NYC painted an old school bus blue and went around to each New York City borough to get input from community members about what would make their schools great? Yep, that one.

How to End the "Suspension Spike" in NYC's Middle Schools

A new report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices. While the report is particular to NYC schools, its analysis of the school pushout crisis and what needs to change can be readily applied to any district in the country, which makes it a terrific resources for advocates and organizers.

A new report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices.

The Suspension Spike: Changing the Discipline Culture in NYC's Middle Schools

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-23
Author: 
New York City Comptroller John C. Liu
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reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A report from New York City Comptroller John Liu compares the city's pervasive use of zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools to the city's controversial and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices. While the report is particular to NYC schools, its analysis of the school pushout crisis and what needs to change can be readily applied to any district in the country, which makes it a terrific resources for advocates and organizers.

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Growing Fairness: Documentary on Restorative Justice (Teaser)

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

Growing Fairness is an upcoming documentary film, workshop series, and online toolkit resource for school communities to use as they begin the project of implementing restorative justice in classrooms. It tells the story of school climate, alternatives to punitive discipline, and the real impact of zero-tolerance on young people and school communities in New York and Oakland. The film and resources were created by Teachers Unite, one of the original members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, and will be available in full starting September 2013. 

Growing Fairness is an upcoming documentary film, workshop series, and online toolkit resource for school communities to use as they begin the project of implementing restorative justice in classrooms. It tells the story of school climate, alternatives to punitive discipline, and the real impact of zero-tolerance on young people and school communities in New York and Oakland.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Advancement Project Video

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-11

In this video from the Advancement Project, students talk abou thow harsh, zero-tolerance discipline policies are criminalizing them and pushing them out of school. The video was released ahead of the Advancement Project's national convening in Washington, D.C., on July 11-13th. 

In this video from the Advancement Project, students talk about how harsh, zero-tolerance discipline policies are criminalizing them and pushing them out of school. The video was released ahead of the Advancement Project's national convening, "We Can Do Better: Collaborating to Reform School Discipline and Accountability."

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NY State's Not-So-Stellar Education Policy Report Card

A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.

A new report card on New York State's progress in improving public education is far from stellar.

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