Pittsburgh Youth and Parents demand Solutions Not Suspensions!

Last month, parents, advocates, and students from our member organizations Action United and the Education Rights Network held a Solutions Not Suspensions rally and testified at the Pittsburgh Public School Board meeting to call for immediate action to end an over reliance on suspensions, especially for the district's youngest students. 

New Federal Discipline Data Shows Racial Disparities Continue
New York- Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new data on school discipline revealing that students of color continue to be suspended, expelled and arrested in schools at higher rates than white students, pushing them out of the classroom and into a pipeline to prison and low-wage jobs.
The new data shows that Black students are 3.8 times as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions, and 2.3 times as likely to receive a referral to law enforcement or be subject to a school-related arrest as white students.
Expel the Box in Virginia

Tyler had dreams of going to an Ivy League school after graduating from his segregated, inner-city school. Sarah worked extremely hard to overcome grinding poverty and position herself to get a scholarship. Juan is an English learner who wants to be the first in his family to go to college. Maya is a student with an emotional disability emanating from childhood trauma who wants to get a business degree and start a women’s empowerment organization. Sadly, all four of these Virginia seniors face a barrier to pursuing higher education.

U.S. Departments of Ed & Justice Release Historic Guidance on Trans Student Rights & College Accessibility

Last week the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released two historic guidance documents for schools, one on advancing civil rights for transgender students and one on improving access to education for students with criminal histories. ED and DOJ released the joint guidance on the civil rights of transgender students to provide educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, attend school environments that are free from discrimination based on gender identity.