Federal Govt. Releases Guidance on Police in Schools, But Solutions Should Go Further to Call for More Counselors Not Police - (Blog entry)

Today, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released the “Safe School-based Enforcement through Collaboration, Understanding, and Respect ‘SECURe’ State and Local Policy Rubric,” providing recommendations for the role of police in schools. 

The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) supports aspects of the recommendations, including language recommending that policies and practices should explicitly articulate that School Resource Officers (SROs) “should not administer discipline in schools.” However, the guidance should go further to promote substantive solutions and alternatives to police presence in schools, such as redirecting funding from school police towards more counselors, peace builders and positive discipline. 

Final 2016 DSC WoA Website Banner - (Document)
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Final 2016 DSC WoA Spanish Poster - (Document)
Final 2016 DSC WoA Spanish Postcard - (Document)
Final 2016 DSC WoA Poster - (Document)
Final 2016 DSC WoA Postcard - (Document)
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National Week of Action Against School Pushout 2015 - (Document)

6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout

October 3-11, 2015

During last
 year's DSC Week of Action, over 100 organizations in more than 40 cities across the country held rallies, marches, forums and workshops to raise awareness to #EndSchoolPushout and to launch and support local campaigns to transform and #RethinkDiscipline. 

You can see photos from actions around the country on our Tumblr page!


National Event - Fund Public Schools, Not Jails

On October 6th, DSC partnered with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans to host the national event, Fund Public Schools, Not Prisons. DSC youth and parent members were joined by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Khalilah Harris, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative to engage in conversation around the imbalance between growing investment in juvenile justice and the diminishing funding for public education.


Our National Week of Action Demands

During our national event in Washington, DC and during local events around the country, DSC members called on the federal government, states, districts and schools to:

  1. Shift funding from school police to counselors and positive discipline.
  2. Use positive interventions instead of suspensions, expulsions or arrests, and end racial disparities in discipline.
  3. Fully implement positive alternatives such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices.
  4. Engage students and parents in decision-making about discipline policies.



Get Involved and Follow Us on Social Media!

  • Learn how to become a member of DSC today!
  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on TwitterJoin the Conversation: #EndSchoolPushout #InvestinPublicEd #RethinkDiscipline
  • You can download our 2015 Week of Action Postcard, Poster + Social Media Avatar here
  • Use our Week of Action Media Organizing Packet to help plan local events.


Click here to see the list of Week of Action events by state!


Check out our 2015 Week of Action Highlights Video!