Fair and Just School Climate
NY Allies Convene in Albany for OTL Policy Conference
Solutions Not Suspensions, Fair Funding and Early Education
OTL Campaign Applauds Commissioners' Bold Call for Equity
Issues Challenge to Policymakers:
Are You Serious about Equity for Kids or Are You Just Kidding?
"Get tough" school discipline policies aren't doing anything to make our schools safer. In fact, they're creating a school-to-prison pipeline and exacerbating the school pushout crisis that is drastically curtailing access to educational opportunities for students of color.
Meridian, MS, has been in the news often in the past several months for it's horrendous school-to-prison pipeline. But the sad reality is that the injustices committed there – the heavy and unequal punishments levied for minor offenses, the absurd amount of police involvement in school discipline, the denial of due process rights to students – are happening across the state. A new report from our allies at the Mississippi NAACP, the ACLU, and the Advancement Project reveals that "Mississippi is mired in an extreme school discipline crisis."
Hats off to Education Week! One of the biggest ed-related news outlets out there, Ed Week recently devoted a special section of its 2013 annual report to school discipline.
On Monday, the pro-privatization education group StudentsFirst, led by former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, released a State Policy Report Card, ranking states and giving each a letter grade based on their implementation of a slew of education reform policies.