Fair and Just School Climate

How ESEA Could Help End Discriminatory School Discipline

While debate around the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act has focused mainly on issues like standardized testing, school accountability and funding, an op-ed by Louisiana education organizer Gina Womack raises another important issue for federal policymakers: addressing the discriminatory impact of harsh school disciplinary policies.


Gina Womack, Families and Friends
of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

Study Finds Disparities in School Discipline in Chicago

A new study from the University of Chicago found that while the overall number of out-of-school suspensions has decreased, suspension rates for African American male students remain especially high. This study illustrates the importance of organizing groups like Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), which just last week celebrated as a bill to end harsh school discipline advanced out of the Illinois Senate Education Committee.

What Will It Take to Build a National Movement for Education Justice?

University of Massachusetts professor Mark Warren has published a valuable primer for understanding how our schools and students are impacted by broader inequalities in our society and how the seeds of an emerging education justice movement can take root and flourish into a political force to be reckoned with.


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Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

An important new report from the African American Policy Forum combines national data on school discipline with interviews with young women of color to paint a picture of their experiences in school and in their communities and to offer suggestions for how we can better support them.

In recent years there's been growing national attention and discussion around how our system of education fails to meet the needs of many young men of color, culminating in the launch of the White House's My Brother's Keeper initiative last spring. Too often, however, this national conversation has sidelined young women of color and the unique challenges they face in the classroom.

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Schools Aren't the Place for Surplus Military Weapons

The Dignity in Schools Campaign has launched a petition to end part of the U.S. Department of Defense's 1033 program, which lends surplus military equipment like grenade launchers and high-powered rifles to local law enforcement agencies, including police officers in K-12 schools.

When people talk about taking money out of the sizable US military budget to invest in domestic issues like education, chances are the Department of Defense's 1033 Program isn't what they had in mind.

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Youth Organizers in 25 Cities Hold National Youth Action to End State Violence

On December 18, youth organizers in 25 cities will hold protests and "die-ins" as part of a national action to challenge state violence against young people of color. They are calling the action "the first formal indictment of the public education system as agents of state violence."

On December 18, youth organizers in 25 cities will hold protests and "die-ins" as part of a national action to challenge state violence against young people of color.

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MA Charter Schools Suspend Far More Students Than Public Schools

According to a new report from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, 9 out of the 10 school systems in Massachusetts with the highest suspension rates are charter schools, with some of them suspending between 40 and 60 percent of their students often for minor misbehaviors like dress code violations or being tardy.

Charter schools in Massachusetts, particularly those in Boston, suspend students at far higher rates than traditional public schools.

CA Districts Budget Millions for School Discipline Reform

School discipline reform has gotten a ringing endorsement in California where school districts have chosen to dedicate millions of dollars towards "restorative justice" programs that keep students in school and address behavioral problems with constructive alternatives to suspension or expulsion.

School discipline reform has gotten a ringing endorsement in California where school districts have chosen to dedicate millions of dollars towards "restorative justice" programs that keep kids in school and address behavioral problems with constructive alternatives to suspension or expulsion. 

How Colorado Organizers Won School Discipline Reform

After five successful campaigns for district- and state-level change, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos and the Advancement Project have released an invaluable case study of how they built the movement for school discipline reform in Colorado – and how advocates across the country can replicate their success.

In the past decade and a half, Colorado has become a leader in the national school discipline reform movement thanks in large part to the organizing work of Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and the Advancement Project.

The Community Schools Toolkit

A great new toolkit from The Center for Popular Democracy and the Coalition for Education Justice breaks down the essential elements of community schools and how advocates can push for them in their cities.

Education organizers in dozens of cities nationwide are demanding "community schools" in their neighborhoods, schools that provide wraparound supports for students and their families to build stronger learning environments&nb

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