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Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:40pm

From April 22-24 Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) members from across the country convened in Los Angeles for our sixth Annual Membership Meeting to strategize on upcoming campaign initiatives, attend skill-building workshops and vote on major campaign decisions. 

The weekend kicked off with members attending pre-meeting sessions on...

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:56am

Los Angeles- In late February, the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) informed the Strategy Center’s Fight for the Soul of the Cities campaign that they had returned all military grade weapons granted by the Department of Defense’s (DOD...

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:00am
From March 21-23rd and April 6-8th, Janel George of our federal partner organization NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. (LDF), participated in the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee sessions deliberating draft regulations related to Title I of the recently-enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DSC members Marlyn...
Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:31pm

This week a video surfaced showing Joshua Kehm, a school resource officer, body slam and handcuff a 12-year-old student at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. This video displays the violent and unethical use of excessive...

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:55pm

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released new school climate surveys and a guide to help make school climate improvements. These new resources can be used by states, local school districts and individual schools to collect school climate data in real time. The online platform includes a a suite of school climate surveys for middle and high school...

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 5:40pm
Today, the Equity Project at Indiana University released a new report entitled, Documenting Disparities for LGBT Students, urging for data collection for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). The report argues that more attention needs to be paid to disparities affecting LGBT students because “LGBT students...
Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:23am
Last week a six-year-old elementary school student in Chicago was hancuffed in school for taking candy off of her teacher’s desk. The student is Madisyn Moore, a young black girl who was then placed under a set of stairs at the school and...
Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:32am

In February, DSC member Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) and members of the Young Women’s Advisory Council for the Young Women’s Initiative attended New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Vivirito’s State of the City Address. At the State of the City, Speaker Mark Vivirito announced a commitment of 10 million dollars for the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI),...

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:44am

The season was upon us. The outlook was bright and hope filled in the air. Seeds had been planted; relationships and support had been cultivated; and handouts and talking points had been carefully crafted. Advocates were prepared to harvest the fruits of their labor. And for a brief period of time, despite snowy conditions, it appeared as though the yield...

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 2:20pm

This month youth leaders from our member organization, Missouri GSA Network visited their state capital, Jefferson City to meet with legislators to discuss issues of school pushout and the school to prison pipeline. Thirty youth leaders from high schools and colleges across the state, including the Kansas...