On Thursday, September 20th, parents, students, and advocates from the across the country will be driving to Washington D.C. to protest school closures and advocate for supports-based reform policies. Journy for Justice is an event not to be missed! Check out the trailer below to learn more!
Grassroots advocates working to reform school discipline are on a roll! The latest victory comes from the Recovery School Districts in New Orleans, which will no longer suspend students for minor misbehaviors (like uniform violations) thanks to the organizing efforts of groups like Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), a member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, and other allies.
Imagine you're a parent from Jefferson Parish, LA. You care deeply about your child's education and want to attend events and parent-teacher conferences at the local public school. Unfortunately, the school district sends home notices about these events in English rather than Spanish, your primary language. If your son or daughter can't translate for you, how are you supposed to know where to go or who to meet with? How can you be an engaged parent when you lack access to the resources to be one?
The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.
In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.
The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana will be hosting its second annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 18. If you're in the area, make sure to go! There will be performances from The Treme Brass Band, The Hot 8 Brass Band, and Cucky C and Clearly Blue. See the event flyer blow for details or click here.
This report analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on school discipline and suspensions in the 2009-10 school year to reveal the unconscionable disparities regarding which students are pushed out of the classroom through out-of-school suspensions.The source data covers 7,000 school districts and represents 85 percent of all public school students, making this report the first and most comprehensive analysis of the impact of out nation's school discipline policies.
17 percent of all African-American students received out-of-school suspensions in the 2009-2010 school year compared to 7 percent of Latino students and just 5 percent of White students. Even more shocking, 25 percent of African-American students with disabilities were suspended the same year.