Fair and Just School Climate

How to Close the Opportunity Gap: Key Policy Recommendations

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2013-05-13
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

The National Education Policy Center's new book "Closing the Opportunity Gap" offers a wide array of policy recommendations for closing the opportunity gap and ensuring all students have the resources they need to succeed. This policy guide distills the most important recommendations from the book at three different levels: at the level of students' individual needs, at the level of in-school opportunities and resources, and at the level of communities and neighborhoods.

Give At-Risk Students Early, Tailored Supports

By Chris Hill, NC Justice Center, and John H. Jackson, Schott Foundation

It’s time we recognize that students fall behind not because of inherent character flaws, but because our education policies for the past two decades have focused on implementing tough standards while failing to build support systems that address the societal factors that create barriers to academic success.

More than 20 million students in the United States are below proficient in reading and math and barred from the educational opportunities that will lead to success.

Moving From Standards to Supports

By John H. Jackson, President & CEO, Schott Foundation

Standards-based reform creates an inherent system of winners and losers by raising the bar and assessing who makes the cut. Supports-based reforms provide and strategically align the needed resources so each student has the opportunity to reach that bar—and surpass it.

In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama returned repeatedly to the theme of "we the people" and the ever-more-inclusive nature of that "we" in our nation.

Buffalo NY Embraces Solutions Not Suspensions

In the three years since high school student Jawaan Daniels was fatally shot at a bus stop after being suspended from school for wandering the halls, advocates and organizers in Buffalo, NY, have built a movement to reform the district's discipline policies. Their hard work paid off in April when the school board approved a new student code of conduct that limits the use of out-of-school suspensions.

In the three years since high school student Jawaan Daniels was fatally shot at a bus stop after being suspended from school for wandering the halls, advocates and organizers in Buffalo, NY, have built a movement to reform the district's discipline policies.

Arkansas Passes School Discipline Reform Bill

Great news coming out of Arkansas on the school discipline front! A soon-to-be-signed bill is heading to the governor's desk that will make big changes in how the state gathers, examines and acts on school discipline data. Under the new law, the state Department of Education will submit a report each year to the State Board of Education containing district-level data on suspensions, expulsions and referrals to law enforcement. The Department will provide districts with strategies and resources for implementing positive discipline reforms.

Great news coming out of Arkansas on the school discipline front! After being approved by the legislature, a bill is heading to the governor's desk that will make big changes in how the state gathers, examines and acts on school discipline data.

Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-04-16
Author: 
Schott Foundation
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A new guide from the Schott Foundation, Opportunity Action, and national partners including the National School Board Association (NSBA) highlights school districts across the country for their efforts to create discipline policies aimed at ending excessive and discriminatory out-of-school suspensions. "Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members" urges local officials to implement positive discipline policies that keep students in the classroom and learning.

A new guide from the Schott Foundation, Opportunity Action, and national partners including the National School Board Association (NSBA) highlights school districts across the country for their efforts to create discipline policies aimed at ending excessive and discriminatory out-of-school suspensions. "Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members" urges local officials to implement positive discipline policies that keep students in the classroom and learning.

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New OTL Policy Guide: School Boards Play Key Role in Ending Suspensions

At the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference this weekend, hundreds of school board members voted to adopt a resolution to prevent the use of out-of-school suspensions and encouraged school boards to implement positive discipline policies that keep students in the classroom and learning. One of the most crucial tools to use on the local level is being released today: the OTL Campaign's brand new policy guide for school board members and local advocates.

National School Boards Association Votes for
Resolution to Prevent Out-of-School Suspensions

New OTL Policy Guide Highlights Successful District Reforms

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Out of School and Off Track - The Overuse of Suspensions in Schools

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-04-11
Author: 
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies – The Civil Rights Project
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A new report from UCLA's Civil Right Project is a one stop shop for all the school discipline data advocates or organizers needto fight the overuse of out-of-school suspensions. Out of School & Off Track uses data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools for the 2009-2010 academic year and breaks it down by district, race, gender, elementary/secondary school level, English language learners, and disability status.

This is an incredibly useful and powerful report – download it here!

Out of School and Off Track – The Overuse of Suspensions in Schools

A new report from UCLA's Civil Right Project is a one stop shop for all the school discipline data advocates or organizers need to fight the overuse of out-of-school suspensions. Out of School & Off Track uses data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools for the 2009-2010 academic year and breaks it down by district, race, gender, elementary/secondary school level, English language learners, and disability status.

A new report from UCLA's Civil Right Project is a one stop shop for all the school discipline data advocates or organizers need to fight the overuse of out-of-school suspensions.

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Juvenile Justice in Arkansas: Building on Success

In the past five years, Arkansas has been deliberately and successfully moving toward a juvenile justice system that relies less on confinement and more on holistic, community-based approaches that effectively engage youth in constructive life choices. A new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (a member of the Arkansas OTL Campaign) describes the state's success in juvenile justice reform to date and summarizes the steps still needed to best serve Arkansas youth and their communities.

In the past five years, Arkansas has been deliberately and successfully moving toward a juvenile justice system that relies less on confinement and more on holistic, community-based approaches that effectively engage youth in constructive life choices.

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