On February 24th the Dignity in Schools Campaign submitted comments to the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing convened by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice. DSC's comments draw attention to the harmful impacts of discriminatory policing practices in U.S. public schools, especially on students of color, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students.
As congressional discussions on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continue, Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from 12 states will join Senator Murphy of Connecticut, Sherrilyn Ifill, Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and the Center for American Progress for a Roundtable on School Discipline on February 26th in Washington, DC.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) is excited by the release of the report Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap by the UCLA Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies. This report helps us distinguish districts that are more effective in addressing discipline disparities, from those that are not. The data reported highlights the large disparities in school discipline by race, gender and disability across the country.
February 11, 2015 Washington DC- Today, the House Education and the Workforce Committee considers H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Committee will "markup" the bill today and consider amendments and changes before a full Committee vote. The Committee markup can be viewed online HERE.