April Fools' Week of Action - Youth of Color Say Stop Foolish Policies, No More Police in Schools!
During the first week of April, youth of color in cities around the country held concerts, rallies, teach-ins and lobby visits to urge federal and local policy-makers to fund counselors, social workers and community intervention workers instead of foolish policies that would further criminalize students and put more police in schools in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Natalie Chap, coordinator of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), and Liz Sullivan, a member of the DSC Coordinating Committee and director of the Human Right to Education Program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, co-authored this article for the American Bar Association's Children's Rights Litigation Newsletter presenting the DSC's Model Code on Education and Dignity as an alternative to policies that would increase the number of school resource officers (SROs) and other law enforcement personnel, along with the use of zero-tolerance practices, in our nation's schools. Click here to read the full article.
In the weeks following the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, a number of advocates, including members of Congress and the National Rifle Association, have called for armed guards and/or police officers in public schools. As Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on gun violence develops policy recommendations in response to the attack and gun violence more generally, a coalition of youth, parents, education advocates, civil rights organizations, and law enforcement are cautioning the White House against embracing proposals to put armed guards and police in schools.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 was a historic day for the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and our allies in the fight to end school pushout and ensure the human right to education for all children and young people. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first-ever Congressional hearing on "Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline."
Below are links to written testimonies submitted by DSC members and allies for the official record of the hearing. Individuals and organizations can submit written testimony to be included in the official record of the hearing until December 21 at 5pm est.
On December 12, 2012, the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held the first-ever congressional hearing on “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline." Edward Ward of Blocks Together, a DSC member organization in Chicago, testified at the hearing and over 130 DSC members traveled to Washington, DC to attend this historic event.
CADRE invites you to the report release on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) project on School Discipline. The event will be a presentation featuring the information found through our yearlong process of this HIA with partners from Oakland, CA and Salinas, CA. The presentation will include project collaborative partners, CADRE parents and staff as well as special guest speakers.
Dear YUC Allies and Supporters,
NEW YORK - Jan. 18, 2012 - The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) today released a new report on school climate, biased remarks and bullying, Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States.
October 1-8, 2011: Dignity in Schools Campaign's Annual Week of Action on School Pushout
Dignity in Schools Campaign
On April 7th, the NAACP released a new report, Misplaced Priorities, that examines America's escalating levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets and our nation’s children.
The state of the dropout crisis in America is well known and documented.
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)
How 2 Minutes Can Change Your Entire Life: An Intimate Portrayal of a Black Mother’s Fight to Save Her Sonin
By: Kendra Williby, Community Rights Organizer
This report builds upon a series of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports on high school dropout, completion, and graduation rates that began in 1988. The report includes discussions of many rates used to study how students complete or fail to complete high school.
National Center for Education Statistics
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
Each year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) suspends and expels significant numbers of students—disproportionately students of color and students with disabilities. Many of these students enter the juvenile and criminal justice systems, where they face serious and negative life-long consequences.
Advocates for Children's Services (ACS)