Resources on Your State

The DSC is gathering Know Your Rights booklets for youth, Advocacy Guides for parents and other materials from states around the country.


 Guidebook on Advocating for Your Child (Document)

A guidebook for Georgia parents with information on tracking, testing, school discipline and due process hearings, special education and NCLB from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.


The Dropout/Graduation Crisis Among American Indian and Alaska Native Students (2010) (Document)

This paper examines the graduation/dropout crisis among American Indian and Alaska Native students using data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Data from 2005 is drawn from the seven states with the highest percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native students as well as five states in the Pacific and Northwestern regions of the United States.


Arresting Justice: A Report about Juvenile Arrests in Chicago, 2009-2010 (Document)

The police are among the most visible and visceral representatives of state power. In today’s society, their presence seems ubiquitous.  They serve as the gatekeepers to the criminal legal system and play a critical role in feeding the prison industrial complex.

Chicago Public Schools Incorporate Restorative Practices into Student Code of Conduct (Document)

Student Code of Conduct for the Chicago Public Schools for the 2007-2008 School Year, Chicago Public Schools Policy Manual, Section 705.5 (Adopted: June 27, 2007)

Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women (Web Resource)

The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women serves as a vehicle for addressing the following two questions: 1. How will we galvanize attention to the devastating violence plaguing the lives of girls and young women? 2. How will we marshal the public/political will to end the violence?

Chicago, IL - Week of Action Events (Web Resource)

Youth leaders in Chicago are fighting to end school pushout and implement restorative justice in their schools. During the Week of Action, organizations, including Blocks Together Youth Council, Project Nia, Southwest Youth Collaborative and others, organized trainings, panels and roundtable discussions on pushout.

Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance (Document)

VOYCE’s report, “Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance,” illustrates the true impact that harsh discipline policies have had on the educational experiences of CPS students, including the following:

From Policy to Standard Practice: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools (Research Report/Paper)

This new report by the High HOPES Campaign, which includes DSC members Blocks Together and POWER-PAC among others, is the result of a thorough year-long process of collecting information from restorative justice experts, practitioners, educators, youth, parents, and community members.

Guia de Padre-a-Padre: Justicia Restaurativa en las Escuelas Publicas de Chicago (Document)

Estimados Amigos,


Para la mayoría de nuestros niños, “la disciplina escolar” ha significado ser suspendido o expulsado— empezando tan joven como kindergarten—siendo arrestado, hasta en la primaria—y terminando en las calles o en la cárcel—sin una educación.