Ending School Pushout
The Dignity in Schools Campaign Los Angeles chapter will host a series of trainings on the Model Code.
Tuesday, October 2
Human Right Training discussing the moratorium on out of School Suspensions
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST
We will use our first POWER-PAC quarterly membership meeting of the school year to locally launch the Model Code and Suspension Moratorium. We will do so with an interactive activity that contrasts:
The Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout will take place during the week of September 29 to October 6, 2012.Throughout the week, thousands of parents, students, educators and educations advocates will take part in student-led actions and events around the country to expose the school pushout crisis
During the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) handed out nearly 18,000 short-term and long-term suspensions—in disproportionate number to minority students. Short-term and long-term suspensions accounted for more than 75,000 missed school days. Nearly one-third of students who received at least one suspension (31.3%) were students
with disabilities, even though they were only approximately 13% of the student population.
Dignity in Schools Campaign Statement on Salecia Johnson Handcuffing and Arrest
The shocking handcuffing and arrest of six-year-old Salecia Johnson in Milledgeville, GA for allegedly throwing a tantrum is, unfortunately, an all-too-common practice in thousands of schools around the country where harsh and punitive disciplinary practices are the first response to student misbehavior, including for minor incidents such as insubordination, disrespect, class disruption and fighting.
Power U Center for Social Change, a Miami-based community organization and member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, together with the Advancement Project produced and released this video documenting the school discipline crisis in the State of Florida. The video is intended to serve as a conversation starter in the effort to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline, push for common sense discipline and ensure that every student receives a high quality education. Please take a few minutes to view it and share it!
(Huffington Post, 2/18/2012) - A group of Chicago parents, students and activists have staged a sit-in inside, as well as an encampment outside, a West Side elementary school that Chicago Public Schools has targeted for "turnaround." The protesters arrived at Brian Piccolo Elementary School early Friday evening to speak out against the school's closure. Late last year, Piccolo was flagged as one of ten schools that would be "turned around," meaning that its principal and the majority of its staff will be replaced and, in this case, the school's management would be taken over by the well-connected charter program Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). Click here to: Watch Video
Building a Worldwide Restorative Practices Learning Network
Media Outreach 101, Part 1:
Thursday, January 26, 2012: 4-5:00pm PT/ 5-6:00pm MT/6-7:00pm CT/7-8:00pm ET
Join the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools on MLK Day for an expert panel of youth and adults and workshops that will give you concrete skills and steps you can take to reduce violence. Workshops will include:
Throughout the week of October 1-8, 2011, thousands of parents, youth, and educators took part in student-led actions and events in 27 cities to expose the school pushout crisis in our nation and advocate for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The events and actions included street theater, public forums, rallies, restorative justice trainings, and more.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign’s National Week of Action brings together organizations and individuals from 13 states to call for an end to zero tolerance policies, for the implementation of positive approaches to discipline, like restorative justice practices and positive behavior supports instead of relying solely on suspensions and expulsions, and for the passage of federal legislation that promotes positive school climates.
Over one hundred students, parents, and advocates gathered to speak at press conference and public hearing on high suspension rates, school pushout, and positive alternatives
By Annette, Fuentes
Dignity in Schools Campaign
Dignity in Schools Campaign
On MLK day of 2010 PSU launched the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools (CNS). CNS is a grassroots youth-led citywide coalition of high school and middle school students from nine youth leadership organizations (and counting) in Philadelphia, defying language, ethnic, and neighborhood divides to end all forms of school violence without pushing students into the criminal justice system.
Philadelphia Student Union