Fair and Just School Climate

LGBTQ Youth and School Pushout

A new report from GSA Network and Crossroads Collaborative documents the discriminatory impact of harsh school discipline policies on LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, including disparate discipline from school staff, higher levels of policing and surveillance and being blamed for their own victimization.

 

Harsh discipline policies play a huge, negative role in our nation's schools by alienating students from the classroom and pushing them down the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Highlights from the 2014 Week of Action Against School Pushout

Dignity in Schools Campaign

With over 100 events in 52 cities hosted by more than 70 organizations, this year's National Week of Action Against School Pushout was the biggest yet! Get inspired by reading some of this year's highlights and join the movement for school discipline reform.

This post originally appeared on the Dignity in Schools (DSC) Campaign blog.

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CA Is First State to Ban Suspensions for Willful Defiance

The national movement for school discipline reform has been growing rapidly in recent years, and especially so in California. This week, California became the first state to ban suspensions for "willful defiance" for K-3 students.

Schools Not Prisons: #DoTheMath

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

Watch the video below!

Gallup: 70% of Americans Want Federally Funded Universal Pre-K

Pre-k has always played well in public debate, but a new Gallup polls show just how much people like pre-k and how much they want to see it expanded. According to Gallup, 70% of Americans favor using federal money to fund universal pre-k.

Pre-k has always played well in public debate – who can argue with spending time and money on adorable young kids? But a new Gallup polls shows just how much people like pre-k and how much they want to see it expanded.

According to Gallup, 70% of Americans favor using federal money to fund universal pre-k.

Gallup Pre-K

Schools Not Prisons: #DoTheMath

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Fri, 2014-09-12

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A new video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A new video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

NYC Students Start School Without New Discipline Code

By Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York
1.1 million New York City students started the school year without a new discipline code. DSC-NY, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state assembly members, is calling on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.
p>Dignity in Schools CampaignThe following statement was originally issued by the Dignity in Schools Campaign, an OTL ally.

Police Brutality is an Education Justice Issue

The recent murder of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked anger and protests across the country. It has led to important conversations about the criminalization of youth of color, the militarization of the police and what we can do to end such injustices.

This post originally appeared on the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) blog. The OTL Campaign is a member of AROS. 

It's Time to Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

In a recent commentary for Education Week, Kavitha Mediratta of Atlantic Philanthropies writes about the problems in our nation's discipline system – and the cities and communities that are changing things for the better.


Kavitha Mediratta

The movement to reform harsh, discriminatory school discipline policies in our nation's schools is picking up steam, with calls for change coming from grassroots organizers nationwide all the way up to the US Departments of Education and Justice.

Netroots Nation Takes on School Discipline

Across the country, students, parents, and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning. At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform.

Across the country, students, parents, and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning, with recent victories nationwide from Los Angeles to Denver to Maryland and Boston.

At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform. 

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