Senate HELP Committee Passes Every Child Achieves Act
Yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, with all Committee Democrats and Republicans voting for the bill (22-0). The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) was pleased to see some school climate and discipline reform provisions included in the bill, such as:
Dignity in Schools Campaign Advocates for Accountability in Every Child Achieves Act
Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will continue marking up the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) urges members of Congress to consider our recommendations to ensure that the bill meaningfully holds states, districts, and schools accountable for eliminating overly punitive discipline practices, promoting positive and inclusive school climates, and ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  
DSC Commemorates 50th Anniversary of ESEA
Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) into law by former school teacher Lyndon Johnson, who envisioned the bill as a lever out of poverty for America's public school students who were relegated to sub-standard education because of their socio-economic status.
DSC Supports Senator Murphy's Supportive School Climate Act
On March 19, the Supportive School Climate Act of 2015 was introduced to Congress by Senator Murphy of Connecticut.