Racial Justice Now Launches Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions Campaign

Today at 6pm at the Dayton Public School Board meeting Racial Justice Now! (RJN) of Dayton, Ohio will launch a campaign calling for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions in pre-K and early elementary school grades, and for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for minor behavior infractions in all grades. RJN will present the school board with an opportunity to be a leader in eliminating the School-to-Prison Pipeline by introducing a comprehensive discipline policy to significantly reduce out-of-school suspensions and eliminate racial disparities in discipline.

Portland Parent Union Launches Moratorium on Out-of-School Suspensions Campaign

Yesterday, Portland Parent Union (PPU) officially launched a campaign calling on Portland Public Schools to declare a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. After years of organizing to change exclusionary discipline policies, PPU has struggled to get a public response from the School Board. 

Madison Metropolitan School District investing $1.6 Million in Positive Behavior Supports and Restorative Justice

This is a big week for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) students. MMSD has just passed a new student discipline policy that would invest $1.6 million for further development of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Justice in schools. Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham has made it a priority to move away from zero-tolerance school discipline policies and worked with the School Board of MMSD to overhaul the student code of conduct. 

NC HEAT member Selina Garcia Released From Jail After 3 Weeks!

On Thursday March 27, NC HEAT youth member Selina Garcia was released from an adult jail after being incarcerated for 3 weeks for allegedly fighting on a school bus. She was first suspended from school for 5 days, however, a School Resource Officer (SRO) at school decided that the suspension was not enough and said she needed to “learn a lesson.” NC HEAT demands that Wake County take action by investing in hiring counselors not cops and implement Restorative Justice in schools not criminalize students.