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Students and Parents Across the Country Continue to Oppose Betsy DeVos’ Nomination as U.S. Secretary of Education - (Blog entry)

New York- Today, as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) voted 12 to 11 to support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and allies across the country continue to urge Senators to oppose her confirmation as it goes to the full Senate floor for approval. 

Students and Parents Across the Country Continue to Oppose Betsy DeVos’ Nomination as U.S. Secretary of Education - (Blog entry)

New York- Today, as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) voted 12 to 11 to support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and allies across the country continue to urge Senators to oppose her confirmation as it goes to the full Senate floor for approval. 

Education Advocates Urge State Departments of Education to Improve School Climates through ESSA State Plans - (Blog entry)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a coalition of education advocates sent letters to Departments of Education in eight states advising officials to include measures in their state ESSA plans to reduce the overuse of discipline practices that push students out of the classroom.

NYC Students, Parents and Teachers Urge DOE to Be a Leader in Creating Safe School Climate - (Blog entry)

Students, parents, educators, elected officials, and civil rights advocates will speak out at the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Public Hearing on the School Discipline Code to urge the Department of Education to eliminate racial discrimination in school discipline and policing.

The Department of Education has made incremental progress in reducing the use of punitive discipline, but New York City remains to have some of the highest racial disparities in the nation. Now more than ever the Mayor’s Administration and Department of Education needs to take leadership and ensure approaches and outcomes across school discipline reflect the values of fairness and equity that for too long has eluded students of color. Changing racial inequities means embracing and implementing bold policy reforms and prioritizing funding for restorative practices and mental health supports

DSC Urges Senate HELP Committee to Oppose Nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education - (Blog entry)

New York- Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a national coalition of students, parents, educators and advocates across 27 states and Washington D.C., stands together in defense of our students’ human right to education and urges the Senate to reject President-elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

Measuring the School Climate and Safety Indicator Under ESSA - (Document)
DSC Recommendations for Measuring the School Climate Indicator
 
Using data on chronic absenteeism is a start but not enough.
Countering the “Trump Effect”: Tips for Schools - (Blog entry)

by DSC member Jason Langberg

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

#CounselorsNotCops: SRO Shooting is Another Disturbing Example of Students Placed at Risk from Police in Schools - (Blog entry)

Last week, a School Resource Officer in Reno, Nevada shot a 14-year-old student, critically injuring him and putting other students at risk. Subsequently, the Washoe County School District’s Superintendent Traci Davis, applauded the police officer’s actions. The presence of police in schools has escalated dramatically in the last several decades. Law enforcement officers continue to be called on to address school safety issues and in turn further criminalize and harm students, especially students of color. Due to the bad judgement of a police officer on campus, another student has been attacked and faces life threatening injuries. In addition, other students and school staff were put at risk when shots were fired, and were subjected to the traumatic experience of watching a fellow student nearly lose their life at the hands of school district police. 

2016 OCR Data Webinar Slides PDF - (Document)
CRDC Narrow Open Records Request PDF - (Document)