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The Dignity in Schools Campaign will Continue to Fight for Transgender Students’ Civil Rights - (Blog entry)

Last week, President Trump’s U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded federal guidance released in May of 2016 which clarified that transgender students are protected under Title IX, an existing federal law that protects students from discrimination based on sex. This included protecting students rights in using  public school restrooms that match their gender identity.”

 

As a national coalition of students, parents, educators, organizers and advocates, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) condemns the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the guidance. 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plans Webinar 2017 - (Document)

Here you will find our webinar on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans in collaboration with DSC members and our federal partner NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. The webinar presentation includes the following: 

 

ESSA State Plans Webinar 2017 - (Document)

Here you will find our webinar on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans in collaboration with DSC members and our federal partner NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. The webinar presentation includes the following: 

DSC's Compiled Resources on ICE Raids and Immigrants Rights - (Blog entry)

As many of you may be aware, there have been a series of actions taken by immigration officials last week and this weekend targeting immigrants in several cities across the country, including raids, interrogations and detention. Given that this may impact many of our members and their communities, we wanted to compile some of the resources we have seen shared in response. We plan to add all these to a new page on our website as well. Since this is not our area of experise we have probably left some resources out, so please reach out to us with any addtional things you'd like us to share with other members. We are especially looking for more resources specifically about schools (rights of immigrant students and parents, what to do if ICE or border patrol agents come on school grounds, steps schools and districts can take to protect students and parents, etc).

Joint DSC and NAACP LDF Sample ESSA Letter to State Education Departments - (Document)

Here you will find a sample ESSA letter to state education departments created by the Dignity in Schools Campaign and our federal partner NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. This letter can be used as an advocacy tool to urge state departments of education:

Measuring School Climate in ESSA - (Document)
DSC ESSA Scorecard on State Plans - (Document)
DSC ESSA Checklist on State Plans - (Document)
School Climate in ESSA State Plans - (Document)

In December 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. DSC members were actively engaged in the crafting of ESSA, which includes several important provisions relating to school climate and discipline. States are now in the process of developing their ESSA plans to submit to the U.S.

Civil Rights Data Collection Webinar 2016 - (Document)

Here you will find the Dignity in Schools Campaign's most recent webinar presentation with the latest U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-2014 school year. The presentation includes the following: 

1. Why the CRDC and how to use as an advocacy tool?

2. Overview of CRDC website and accessing local information.