Senate Fails to Protect Students' Human Right to Education

Members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) across the country are disappointed that today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a bill that fails to hold states accountable for eliminating discipline disparities and ensuring that all students have access to quality educational opportunities needed to succeed in life.  The Senate's bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Child Achieves Act, does nothing to require states to act to ensure that all students are performing well or to close opportunity gaps.

DSC Urges Senate to Preserve Federal Oversight Role in ESEA Reauthorization
As the Senate begins voting today on its bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, the 98 member organizations of the Dignity in Schools Campaign urge senators to preserve the federal oversight role outlined in the original ESEA of 1965.  This federal role ensures that our country fulfills its commitment to providing all students with the opportunity to succeed and are not pushed out of school due to overly punitive and discriminatory discipline practices.  We must hold states with significant discipline disparities accountable to take action to eliminate such disparities .  You can read our full letter on S. 1177 here.
DSC Statement on Violence Against Black Communities
Following the historic anniversary of Junteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, youth, parents and advocates from the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) continue to call for an end to the systemic violence against Black people in response to recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, McKinney, Texas, New York City and across the country. 
Youth, Parents and Advocates Meet with Legislators to Recommend Positive Alternatives to School Discipline
On June 3-4, 2015, Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from over 20 organizations representing 11 states convened in Washington DC to share stories of school pushout with legislators and give recommendations for how the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) can support positive solutions for building safe and supportive school communities.