The Recovery School District (RSD) has made significant improvements to their Student Code of Conduct, eliminating the option for schools to expel students for minor misbehavior like disrespect or willful disobedience. These changes come after organizing by parents and communities with Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) and allies.
Teachers, Administrators, and Students Participate in Restorative Justice Roundtable Hosted by Teachers Unitein
On July 16th, 17th, and 18th, Teachers Unite, a Dignity in Schools Campaign member, held a three-day training workshop titled “Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Bringing Restorative Justice to Our Schools.” I was fortunate to attend a roundtable on the implementation of restorative justice in New York City public schools, in which teachers, social workers, and administrators from all different types of schools came together to discuss how restorative justice practices are reshaping discipline in their respective schools and to share ideas for making the practices even more effective and sustainable.
On June 19th, students and advocates from the Dignity in Schools Campaign- New York (DSC-NY) delivered over 2,300 post cards signed by New Yorkers committed to ending the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) overreliance on school suspensions.
The state Board of Education in Michigan is joining many school boards across the nation in taking action to reevaluate their discipline codes and practices as more and more stories and statistics come to light highlighting the ineffectiveness and inequality of public school discipline practices.
By Joao Da Silva, Dignity in Schools Campaign
During April 11-13, students, parents, community organizers and education advocates from California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania converged in Washington, DC for the Dignity in Schools Days at the Capitol 2011.
In the midst of the 2011 Chicago mayoral election season, we hear many proclamations and promises about what it means to improve public schools. But how do they compare to what we know so far from research about the real problems and solutions?
CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, local community groups including students, parents, educators, and social justice activists will participate in an advocacy training session and visit with their state legislators to ensure that the educational rights of Georgia’s youth are protected.
Dignity in Schools Campaign
Principles and Methods of the Education Priorities Policy (in French), National Ministry of Education, France (March 30, 2006).
National Ministry of Education, France