DSC Members Convene in Los Angeles to Strategize to End School Pushout

From April 22-24 Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from across the country convened in Los Angeles for our sixth Annual Membership Meeting to strategize on upcoming campaign initiatives, attend skill-building workshops and vote on major campaign decisions. 

Students and Parents from Across Country Join Action Demanding De-Militarization of Los Angeles Schools

Los Angeles- In late February, the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) informed the Strategy Center’s Fight for the Soul of the Cities campaign that they had returned all military grade weapons granted by the Department of Defense’s (DOD) 1033 program. After a year and a half of campaigning for 1033 weapons to be destroyed, the Labor Community Strategy Center (LCSC) and Fight for the Souls of the Cities are demanding full accountability from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and LASPD for harm caused to the Los Angeles community. 

DSC Members Attend Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Sessions

From March 21-23rd and April 6-8th, Janel George of our federal partner organization NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF), participated in the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee sessions deliberating draft regulations related to Title I of the recently-enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DSC members Marlyn Tillman of Gwinnett SToPP (GA) and Kandise Lucas of Advocates for Equity in Schools (VA), along with other advocates from Richmond attended and gave comments.  The Negotiated Rulemaking Committee is comprised of representatives from across the country selected by the Department of Education to represent various constituencies, including parents, school leaders and civil rights groups, among others. The Committee is tasked with drafting and agreeing to regulations related to assessments, funding and supports under Title I of the law. 

12-Year-Old Body Slammed by School Resource Officer Shows Continuing Criminalization of Youth of Color

This week a video surfaced showing Joshua Kehm, a school resource officer, body slam and handcuff a 12-year-old student at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. This video displays the violent and unethical use of excessive force on a child. It is a reminder of why law enforcement personnel should not handle routine student safety or school discipline issues in and around schools.