Press Releases


New York- Yesterday, Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, was confirmed by 50 Senators and Vice President Mike Pence. As a national coalition of over 100 organizations from across the country and Washington DC, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) stands in unity with education justice stakeholders to continue fighting to ensure equity and human rights in public education. 


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. 


New York- As the Senate considers the next U.S. Secretary of Education, ultimately responsible for approving state plans under the 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.


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.


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.


New York- 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. 


New York, NY – New York City public schools posted a 15.6 percent decline in student suspensions during the last school year, but students of color and students with disabilities continue to be suspended a


New York, NY – From Saturday, October 15 to Sunday, October 23, 2016, member organizations and allies of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) are bringing their voices to the 7th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout. Communities in more than 40 cities will participate to demand that our school systems end the regular presence of law enforcement in schools, stop the use of zero-tolerance discipline policies, and adopt positive approaches to addressing behavior instead of relying on punitive practices that push young people out of school. 


Washington, DC- Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) released the policy platform, Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools. The DSC is a national coalition of over 100 organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia representing students, parents, advocates and educators that promote alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools.


The presence of police in schools has escalated dramatically in the last several decades, and the figures on arrests and referrals to law enforcement show disproportionate targeting of Black and Latino students and students with disabilities. This is just one aspect of the school-to-prison pipeline, where some students are denied an opportunity to succeed, and instead are pushed out of school and into the juvenile or criminal justice system. 


Washington, DC- On September 21, the Dignity in School Campaign (DSC) and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. – in collaboration with Representative G.K. Butterfield and Senator Chris Murphy – will host two congressional briefings to examine the role of police in schools. The briefings will feature personal stories from students and parents about interactions with school police, research and data on the role of police in schools, examples of best practices for creating positive school climates, and presentations of policy recommendations.