Press Releases

10/07/2013

From September 28 – October 5, students, parents, teachers and advocates pushed back against school pushout by hosting events across the United States. Nearly 60 organizations in 23 states organized local actions and events calling for alternatives to harsh school discipline and citing racial disparities in schools.

10/02/2013

From California to Florida and Minnesota to Massachusetts, local youth and adult activists are stepping up their campaigns against "zero tolerance" policies and racial disparities in school discipline as part of the National Week of Action Against School Pushout. In Minneapolis, a new report released by the Minnesota Minority Education Project finds that almost one in five black male students were suspended at least once in Minneapolis schools in 2012, compared with one in 29 white male students.

09/27/2013

NEW YORK CITY - Record numbers to protest zero tolerance discipline policies that result in more than 3 million suspensions annually. The National Week of Action on School Pushout, coordinated by the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), is being staged for the fourth consecutive year and has attracted by far its largest base of support. More than 60 organizations in 42 cities and 24 states are planning activities, a significant increase from the 12 states represented in 2012 and an indication of growing concern about the rising number of children being pushed out of schools by overly harsh discipline policies.

08/15/2013

NEW YORK CITY -- Students, parents, teachers and advocates with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) fault the new Discipline Code just released by the Department of Education for its failure to mandate positive interventions like counseling, mediation and restorative approaches in schools across the city.

07/17/2013

Princeton, NJ, July 17, 2013—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced its support of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) through Forward Promise, the Foundation’s $9.5 million initiative to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color. DSC is receiving $500,000 over 30 months to support its work to stop zero-tolerance discipline practices that are pushing young people out of school and to implement positive approaches that create safe and supportive climates for learning and keep young people in school and on track to graduate.

06/20/2013

New York - Today, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is accepting final public comments on changes to the 2013-2014 Discipline Code. The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, is calling on the DOE to make changes aimed at reducing suspensions and to mandate and invest in positive alternatives and guidance interventions.

06/07/2013

New York, NY – Yesterday over 100 members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, attended the Department of Education (DOE) public hearing on the Discipline Code to demand changes that would limit the use of suspensions and require that schools implement more effective alternatives, like peer mediation and restorative justice.“There are still way too many suspensions and arrests. The numbers are more than twice as high since Bloomberg came into office. This past year, there were 69,643 suspensions and 882 arrests, 90% of which were black and Latino students, and many were just for minor reasons. This is not right. Being young, black and Latino automatically puts you in the school to prison pipeline,” said Benia Darius, a youth leader from Make the Road New York.

06/06/2013

New York, NY – Today at 12:00 p.m. members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY), a coalition of students, parents, teachers and education advocates, will hold a rally and press conference, together with local lawmakers,  outside of the Department of Education on the steps of Tweed Courthouse to call for changes to the NYC Discipline Code. Members of the Campaign are concerned that the new draft of the Discipline Code lacks significant changes that would address the disproportionate suspension of students of color and includes 27 behavior infractions for which a student can be suspended for a full year.

06/03/2013

June 3, 2013 — The number of arrests and tickets issued in New York City public schools continued to decline during the first quarter of 2013, according to data released today by the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York. But while the decline is good news, disparities in arrests and tickets remain shockingly high with black and Latino students bearing the brunt of the NYPD’s school discipline policies.

05/24/2013

New York, NY 05/24/2013 - Students, parents, teachers and advocates with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) are challenging the latest draft of the 2013-2014 Discipline Code, which was released yesterday for public review. Members of the Campaign are concerned that the draft Code lacks significant changes that would address the disproportionate suspension of students of color and includes 27 behavior infractions for which a student can be suspended for a full year. In New York City in the 2011-2012 school year, while Black students made up only 28% of the student population, they received 53% of suspensions. Even as overall suspension numbers have decreased somewhat (there was a 35% reported decrease during the period September-December 2012), the racial disparities remain.