Expel the Box in Virginia

Tyler had dreams of going to an Ivy League school after graduating from his segregated, inner-city school. Sarah worked extremely hard to overcome grinding poverty and position herself to get a scholarship. Juan is an English learner who wants to be the first in his family to go to college. Maya is a student with an emotional disability emanating from childhood trauma who wants to get a business degree and start a women’s empowerment organization. Sadly, all four of these Virginia seniors face a barrier to pursuing higher education.

U.S. Departments of Ed & Justice Release Historic Guidance on Trans Student Rights & College Accessibility

Last week the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released two historic guidance documents for schools, one on advancing civil rights for transgender students and one on improving access to education for students with criminal histories. ED and DOJ released the joint guidance on the civil rights of transgender students to provide educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, attend school environments that are free from discrimination based on gender identity. 

Government Accountability Office Releases Report on K-12 Education, Racial Disparities & Discrimination- Details Impact of Schoo

New York- Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GOA) will be releasing a report on K-12 Education and how federal agencies could better use information to address discrimination. The GOA’s research found that segregation “negatively impacts students outcomes and exacerbates unequal opportunity experienced later in life and confirmed that race and poverty continue to be a driver for inequities in education.” 

Philadelphia Student Union to Rally Against Police Abuse in Schools

Last week, DSC member Philadelphia Student Union released a statement regarding a recent assault of PSU youth member, Brian Burney, by a school resource officer. On May 5 Brian attempted to use his school’s bathroom and was told by School Resource Officer Jeffrey Maiocha that he needed a pass and an argument ensued. Brian threw an orange at the wall out of frustration and was then assaulted by Officer Maiocha. Part of the incident was captured on video by a fellow student and shared publicly. Following the incident Brian was told he suffered a concussion and his parents have filed a complaint with Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission.