Press Releases

03/08/2016

Dayton, OH- According to national data, Ohio is one of the eleven states with the highest suspension rates of black students. This is despite research showing that black students do not misbehave more than their white peers. To call for an end to discriminatory discipline practices that disproportionately target and negatively impact black students, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and member organization Racial Justice NOW! (RJN!) are launching the final leg of the “Pushout Tour” in Ohio. Last year, DSC members participated in other pushout tours in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia.

02/25/2016

Washington, D.C.-- Today, Acting Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, will appear before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, seeking confirmation as Secretary of Education. If confirmed, King will be responsible for carrying out the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replacing the broken No Child Left Behind Act. DSC urges Dr. King to ensure that the Department issues regulations and provides needed guidance and technical assistance to states and districts to properly implement the law. 

01/19/2016


Los Angeles - Today, the U.S. Department of Education will be holding the second of two regional public meetings on Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from Minnesota, Louisiana and California will be testifying at today’s public meeting in Los Angeles to urge the Department of Education to provide assistance to states and school districts in the forms of regulations, guidance, or technical assistance to help implement the school climate and discipline reform provisions included in the law. The hearing will be live streamed here.

01/11/2016


New York- Today, the U.S. Department of Education will be holding the first of two regional public hearings on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and Pennsylvania will be testifying at today’s hearing in Washington D.C. to urge the Department of Education to issue guidelines for how states, districts, and schools can implement the school climate and discipline reform provisions promoted in the law. 

01/08/2016


New York- On Monday, January 11 the U.S. Department of Education will be holding the first of two regional public hearings on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia and Pennsylvania will be testifying at the hearing in Washington D.C. to urge the Department of Education to issue guidelines for how states, districts, and schools can implement the school climate and discipline reform provisions promoted in the law. 

12/11/2015


New York, NY- Yesterday, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, finally reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the broken No Child Left Behind law.  While we remain concerned about the diminished federal oversight of the ESSA, as detailed in our letter of opposition issued last week, we hope that states will utilize its hard-won discipline and school climate reform provisions to promote positive and inclusive school climates and discipline practices so that all students can truly succeed.

12/09/2015

 

New York, NY- Today, the bipartisan effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), was passed by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law shortly by President Obama. Last week, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) issued a letter opposing the bill because it unnecessarily diminishes the federal oversight and accountability recognized as essential to safeguarding the civil rights of our nation’s most vulnerable students since the law’s enactment in 1965. 

11/30/2015

 

New York, NY- Today, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)- “the Conference Report” was released, repealing significant civil rights protections of the original ESEA of 1965 by diminishing the law’s federal oversight and accountability provisions. In the name of state flexibility, the law cuts back on critical protections for the most vulnerable students.  The Dignity in Schools Campaign opposes the final agreement to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—“the Conference Report.”

11/09/2015


New Orleans- On November 10, parents, students and community leaders will kick off a rally as part of the Fight for 15 Day of Action to call on the New Orleans Recovery School District to address police violence against children and to raise wages for paraprofessionals in NOLA schools. 

10/02/2015
 
NEW YORK CITY -- From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., hundreds of youth, parents, advocates, policymakers and community leaders are taking action this coming week to address the problem of overly harsh school discipline policies that push students out of school.