Expanding Office of Civil Rights on Civil Rights Data Collection
On May 3, the Dignity in Schools Campaign submitted a sign-on letter commenting on the proposed extension of the US Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The CRDC is our best national survey of the disciplinary practices of schools and districts.
The letter asks the Department of Education to expand the survey to all schools nationwide and to conduct the survey every year (currently, the CDRC surveys only half of the nation's school districts every two years). The Dignity in Schools Campaign also recommends adding additional reporting categories, including pre-kindergarten disciplinary data, information on alternative schools, school arrests and referrals to law enforcement, and data on incarcerated youth.