Earlier this year, the Dignity in Schools Campaign submitted recommendations to the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing that included calling for an end to the Department of Defense’s 1033 Surplus Military Equipment program’s lending of military weapons to law enforcement agencies for use in K-12 schools. Yesterday, the President’s Working Group on Local Law Enforcement Equipment issued its report on equipment given to local law enforcement agencies.
Yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, with all Committee Democrats and Republicans voting for the bill (22-0). The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) was pleased to see some school climate and discipline reform provisions included in the bill, such as:
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will continue marking up the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) urges members of Congress to consider our recommendations to ensure that the bill meaningfully holds states, districts, and schools accountable for eliminating overly punitive discipline practices, promoting positive and inclusive school climates, and ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) into law by former school teacher Lyndon Johnson, who envisioned the bill as a lever out of poverty for America's public school students who were relegated to sub-standard education because of their socio-economic status.