Dignity in Schools Campaign Opposes Final ESEA Bill that Cuts Back Federal Accountability


New York, NY- Today, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)- “the Conference Report” was released, repealing significant civil rights protections of the original ESEA of 1965 by diminishing the law’s federal oversight and accountability provisions. In the name of state flexibility, the law cuts back on critical protections for the most vulnerable students.  The Dignity in Schools Campaign opposes the final agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—“the Conference Report.”

Help End School Pushout, Support us on Giving Tuesday!

One week from today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving where we will ask for your support to continue our work with youth and parent members in the movement to End the School to Prison Pipeline.

UPDATE: Video of South Carolina Student Assault Shows that Police Officers Should Not Be in Schools: OFFICER TERMINATED

On October 26, a video of a young black student being assaulted by School Resource Officer (SRO) Ben Fields in Columbia, South Carolina was posted online, showing us once again why SROs, municipal police, probation officers and other law enforcement personnel should not handle student safety or school discipline issues in and around schools. The young woman was hurled to the ground and dragged violently by the officer, risking serious injury or worse, and threatening the safety of the entire classroom.

Day 9: Week of Action Wraps Up Today

On the last day of the Week of Action, check out our DSC Tumblr page with photos from events around the country that took place during the week! Actions wrap up with street art, a 5K run and more as communities continue to call for #ParentPower and #YouthPower to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.