Fair and Just School Climate

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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Meet the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign!

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Tue, 2014-12-02

In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.

In early October 2014, parents, students, teachers and community members attended a summit hosted by the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Campaign. Watch this great video from the event and meet the dedicated members of this statewide campaign fighting for great public schools for all Arkansas students.

State Budgets Focus on Prisons, Not Schools

The best indication of a state's priorities is its budget, and as far as most state budgets go, our nation's priorities lie with prisons rather than schools.

For all the pre-election stump speeches voters have been listening to in recent months, the best indication of a state's priorities is still its budget. And as far as most state budgets go, our nation's priorities lie with prisons rather than schools. 

From the Huffington Post

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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!

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