Fair and Just School Climate

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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Juvenile Justice in Arkansas: Building on Success

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-04-03
Author: 
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

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. This report describes Arkansas's success in juvenile justice reform to date and summarizes the steps still needed to best serve Arkansas youth and their communities.

Searching for Girls in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

In a school discipline discussion that's focused primarily on the plight of young men of color, girls are being overlooked and officials aren't developing the types of gender-specific policy supports that would prevent young women from being pushed down the school-to-prison pipeline.

In a school discipline discussion that's focused primarily on the plight of young men of color, girls are being overlooked and officials aren't developing the types of gender-specific policy supports that would prevent young women from being pushed down the school-to-prison pipeline.

Writing for the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, Monique Morris, a Soros Justice Fellow at the African American Policy Forum argues that:

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Pediatricians: It's Time to End Out-of-School Suspensions

A new voice is chiming in to the school discipline debate: the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement condemning the overuse of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and advocating instead for positive discipline polices and wraparound health and social services for all students.

A new voice is chiming in to the school discipline debate: the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement condemning the overuse of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and advocating instead for positive discipline polices that keep students in the classroom. 

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Out-of-School Suspensions and Expulsions

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-03-27
Author: 
American Academy of Pediatrics
Type: 
policy
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

A new voice is chiming in to the school discipline debate: the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement condemning the overuse of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and advocating instead for positive discipline polices that keep students in the classroom.

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National Youth Incarceration Rates at Historic Low

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that "a sea change is underway in our nation's approach to dealing with young people who get in trouble with the law." Though the US still leads the industrialized world in youth incarceration rates, that rate has dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period. However, five states – Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota and West Virginia – bucked the norm and saw an increase in youth confinement.

A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States" finds that "a sea change is underway in our nation's approach to dealing with young people who get in trouble with the law." Though the US still leads the industrialized world in youth incarceration rates, that rate is declining rapidly and has dropped more than 40 percent over a 15-year period.

Denver: Tearing Down One More Piece of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Colorado has long been at the center of the debate over school safety. There, and in many other states across the country, zero-tolerance policies were enacted that, while well-intentioned, ended up criminalizing students over the slightest infractions and establishing a school-to-prison pipeline. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the grassroots group Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, Denver Public Schools are a big step closer to the end of excessive policing of their students.

Colorado has long been at the center of the debate over school safety, starting with the tragic shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. There, and in many other states across the country, zero-tolerance policies were enacted that, while well-intentioned, ended up criminalizing students over the slightest infractions and establishing a school-to-prison pipeline.

Youth Organizers Rally in DC for Fair School Discipline

On Monday, March 4th, youth of color from across the country held a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol followed by a march to the White House to call on Congress and the Obama administration to reject school safety policies that criminalize students of color, immigrant youth, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities, and push them out of school.

This post originally appeared on the Dignity in Schools website here.

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"Children's Budget" Maps Investments In Our Most Important Resource

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center's new Children's Budget is an expansive database of government services and programs for children and their families that impact their access to high quality educational opportunities. Covering everything from early childhood education, fair funding, expanded learning time, healthcare, affordable housing and juvenile justice, this database is a potent tool worth replicating in other states, and it drives home the need for supports-based, not standards-based, education reform.

As advocates and organizers can attest to, the education debate is huge and the number of issues at play in trying to ensure every student has an opportunity to learn can seem overwhelming. So hats off to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center for its new Children's Budget, an expansive database of government services and programs for children and their families that impact their access

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