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DSC Press Releases


As another school year begins we find ourselves faced with a proposed City Council bill that would take public money and allocate it to already sufficiently funded private schools, so they can get NYPD School Safety Agents or security guards. Public funds are sorely needed in already under-resourced public schools, and not for private schools that are always looking to get public to subsidize their expenses (such as the recently attempted education tax credits).

Richmond, VA – The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) launches its “Pushout Tour” in Virginia, calling for an end to discriminatory discipline policies that disproportionately push students of color out of school and fuel the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  
Members of the DSC, comprised of 98 organizations spanning 24 states, point to the most recent national data which show alarming racial disparities in Virginia school districts. In Henrico County Public Schools, although black students make up about 37 percent of the student body, they comprised nearly 70 percent of students receiving out-of-school suspensions, compared to nearly 19 percent for their white peers. In Chesterfield, black students make up over 27 percent of the student body, but comprised over 52 percent of all students with out-of-school suspensions and about 68 percent of all students expelled.
(New Orleans, LA) - As part of the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, local and regional organizations are collaborating to produce the Katrina 10 Year Memorial: Equity, Justice and Black Leadership in New Orleans. The event will take place during the Week of Action Commemorating Ten Years Since Hurricane Katrina that kicked off this past weekend and will continue through August 30, 2015.
(Richmond, VA) -  As the Brookings Institution releases a new report showing that non-black teachers have significantly lower educational expectations for black students than black teachers when evaluating the same students, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will launch its “Pushout Tour” in Virginia, calling for an end to discriminatory discipline policies that disproportionately push students of color out of school and fuel the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York (DSC-NY) commends Mayor de Blasio Administration’s demonstrated attention to reducing reliance on punitive school discipline through the creation of the Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, which today released recommendations calling for increased school climate resources and staff training in NYC schools.  DSC-NY urges the Mayor, the New York City Department of Education (DOE), and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to commit to a plan to fund and implement these initial recommendations.

Members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) across the country are disappointed that today, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a bill that fails to hold states accountable for eliminating discipline disparities and ensuring that all students have access to quality educational opportunities needed to succeed in life.  The Senate's bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Every Child Achieves Act, does nothing to require states to act to ensure that all students are performing well or to close opportunity gaps.

June 26, 2015, New York City- The Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York (DSC-NY) applauds New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council for keeping their commitment to progressive school discipline reform by ensuring the inclusion of $2.4M in the FY2016 City Budget for the implementation of restorative justice practices in schools.

June 3, 2015, Washington DC- As congressional discussions on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continue, Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from 10 states will join the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational  Fund Inc., Representative Danny Davis, Senator Chris Murphy, Representative Bobby Scott and Representative Katherine Clark for a Roundtable on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and ESEA on Thursday, June 4th from 10am-11am in Washington, DC. 

The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a fully-volunteer project organized by hundreds of groups and individuals across the United States. Actions are small and large including candlelight vigils, spoken-word mic nights, protests, rallies, teach-ins, workshops, lectures, panels, banner drops bridges, walkouts, conferences, dinners, lunches, lobby days, dances, street theater, movie nights, press conferences, potlucks, sit-ins, parades, and pamphletting.



A new school discipline code for New York City was released this week, effective April 13, 2015. With this new code, Mayor de Blasio, the Administration and the DOE have taken positive steps to limit the use of unnecessary suspensions in schools and encourage the use of alternative guidance interventions. However, the code does not go far enough to require alternatives to suspensions and eliminate the negative social, emotional and educational outcomes that disproportionately impact students of color and students with disabilities, while exacerbating inequality in educational opportunity across New York City Schools.