Fair and Just School Climate

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. 

How We Won School Discipline Reform in Massachusetts

By Tom Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

On July 1, Massachusetts took a bold step forward in the national school discipline reform movement when its new Chapter 222 law went into effect. To help advocates in other states learn how they, too, might tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, here’s how our Massachusetts coalition came together, fought hard, and won reform.

This guest post was written by Tom Mela, Senior Project Director at Massachusetts Advcoates for Children (MAC)

Building Consensus to Reform School Discipline

The newly released School Discipline Consensus Report is a powerful catalog of promising strategies for reforming school discipline. The report draws on hundreds of experts from the fields of education, health, law enforcement and juvenile justice and offers a consensus framework to address the overuse and misuse of harsh school discipline.

Millions of students are removed from their classrooms each year, overwhelmingly for minor misbehaviors. A disproportionately large percentage of those affected are students of color, students with disabilities and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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Illinois Requires Public Reporting of School Discipline Data

Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions.

Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions. 

May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are still separate and still unequal. On May 13, parents, students, educators and community members will rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demand that policymakers recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in the Brown decision.

Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All

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