School Discipline Reform and Reauthorization of ESEA

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March 19, 2010

The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) is convening parents, students, educators, researchers, and attorneys who want to see school discipline reform included in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA is the federal government’s main education law - providing federal dollars in return for state and district efforts to meet federal education requirements. Last reauthorized during the Bush administration as No Child Left Behind, the ESEA is currently up for reauthorization.

The DSC Alternatives to Zero-Tolerance Working Group has identified ways to include school discipline reform in reauthorization. On this national webinar and teleconference call, speakers:

  • Provided the latest news on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind)
  • Presented our joint recommendations on ways to include school discipline in reauthorization
  • Highlighted ways to get involved in the reauthorization at both the local and federal levels

Read the Powerpoint Presentation from the March 19 Webinar: School Discipline Reform and Reauthorization of ESEA (also in PDF)


  • Joyce Parker, Citizens for a Better Greenville, Mississippi
  • Marlyn Tillman, Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline


  • Matthew Cregor, Safe Schools Strategist, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Udi Ofer, Advocacy Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Jim Freeman, Staff Attorney and Project Director, Advancement Project
  • Maisie Chin, Co-Founder and Director, Community Asset Development Redefining Education (CADRE)