Michigan’s Youth Walked 80 miles from Detroit to Lansing to End Unjust Suspensions and Expulsions in 48 hours!

From April 21-23 students from YOUTH VOICE and allies have walked 80 miles from Detroit to Lansing, Michigan to take a stand against school pushout and ensure that all Michigan youth receive a quality education. They have traveled through South Lyon, Brighton, Howell, and finally made it to the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing where they held a press conference to share how they have been impacted by zero tolerance policies in their schools. Advocates also gave testimonies on the work they are doing to reform Michigan’s zero tolerance law. 

Racial Justice Now Launches Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions Campaign

Today at 6pm at the Dayton Public School Board meeting Racial Justice Now! (RJN) of Dayton, Ohio will launch a campaign calling for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions in pre-K and early elementary school grades, and for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for minor behavior infractions in all grades. RJN will present the school board with an opportunity to be a leader in eliminating the School-to-Prison Pipeline by introducing a comprehensive discipline policy to significantly reduce out-of-school suspensions and eliminate racial disparities in discipline.

Portland Parent Union Launches Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions Campaign

Yesterday, Portland Parent Union (PPU) officially launched a campaign calling on Portland Public Schools to declare a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. After years of organizing to change exclusionary discipline policies, PPU has struggled to get a public response from the School Board. 

Madison Metropolitan School District investing $1.6 Million in Positive Behavior Supports and Restorative Justice

This is a big week for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) students. MMSD has just passed a new student discipline policy that would invest $1.6 million for further development of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Justice in schools. Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham has made it a priority to move away from zero-tolerance school discipline policies and worked with the School Board of MMSD to overhaul the student code of conduct.