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DSC Press Releases


Washington D.C.- On Monday March 24th students, parents and teachers from 13 states across the country rallied at the U.S. Capitol to release School Discipline Assessments that compare new federal School Discipline Guidance released in January with local school district policies in Wake County, NC and San Francisco, CA. The School Discipline Assessments describe the lack of guidelines and accountability over the role of School Resource Officers in Wake County, NC schools where students have been arrested for water balloon fights. In San Francisco, a district where African American students make up only 10% of the student population but 50% of suspensions, the Assessment highlights a new School Board Resolution passed this year that will support increased training in cultural competency and funding for restorative practices.

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, March 24th at 2:45 p.m. the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a national coalition of youth, parent, and advocacy organizations, will hold a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in response to the new Office of Civil Rights Data Release on School Discipline. The new data shows continued racial disparities in school discipline. Alarmingly, Black preschool children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but 48% of children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension. Black students represent 16% of student enrollment overall, but represent 27% of students referred to law enforcement and 31% of students subjected to a school-related arrest. 

Washington DC- The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will be holding a panel tomorrow, February 19, 2014 from 8:30am-10:00am est titled: Reducing Disparities and Promoting Positive Discipline to Ensure Educational Excellence for African Americans. The panel will be held at the Department of Education-LBJ Auditorium in Washington, DC. Dignity in School Campaign members Ramiyah Robinson of NC HEAT in North Carolina and Marlyn Tillman of Gwinnett SToPP in Georgia will be panelists. 


Washington D.C.- The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will be holding a panel on February 19, 2014 titled: Reducing Disparities and Promoting Positive Discipline to Ensure Educational Excellence for African Americans. Ramiyah Robinson and Marlyn Tillman of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will be part of the panel. They will share their experiences working to reduce racial disparities in school discipline in their communities and to implement positive approaches such as peer mediation and restorative justice. 


A complaint filed Wednesday, January 22 by Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services (ACS) and a coalition of local, state and national advocacy organizations alleges a pattern of discrimination and unlawful criminalization caused by school policing policies and practices in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS).  


Following the election of Council Member Daniel Dromm as the chair of the Education Committee of the New York City Council, the Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY (DSC-NY) released this statement:


Baltimore, MD - Today at Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore, MD, the Departments of Education and Justice are releasing joint Federal School Discipline Guidance that lays out school districts’ civil rights obligations when it comes to school discipline. The Guidance provides legal direction for schools to avoid and redress racial discrimination and tools to implement positive approaches that reduce suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to law enforcement and improve safety.


New York, NY - Following today’s release of School Discipline Guidance by the Federal Departments of Education and Justice, students, parents, teachers and advocates with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) urge the de Blasio administration to take steps to reduce racial disparities in school discipline and require the use of positive Guidance Interventions before suspension in all schools.


On Monday, November 18th at 5 p.m. the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York will be joined by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brian and local students, parents, and teachers for a panel discussion on how Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio can shift school discipline and safety policies in New York City to create safe and supportive school climates for all.


Contact: Shoshi Chowdhury, Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY, 347-832-8391