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.


The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment (2000) (Document)

This paper discusses the results of a study of the disproportionate referral of minority students in Indiana schools. After examining the disciplinary records of all 11,001 students in 19 Indiana middle schools, the authors found that African-American students are disciplined more frequently and harshly for less serious, more subjective reasons, even when controlling for socioeconomic status.

Unmet Mental Health Needs in Schools and the Juvenile Justice System in Indiana (Document)

“Children, Mental Health and the Law Summit: Official Report on Summit Findings with Recommendations,” Indiana State Bar Association (Fall 2005).


Topeka, KS - Week of Action Events (Web Resource)

Kansas Families for Education sent letters to each member of the State Board of Education, met with their regional State Board members, and submited letters to the editor to newspapers covering four Kansas counties.


Case Study: Decreasing Suspensions While Improving Achievement in One Kentucky Elementary School (Document)

“Northern Lights: Success in Student Achievement and School Discipline at Northern Elementary School,” Building Blocks for Youth, Youth Law Center (2004)

Overview of Fourteen Southern States' Suspension Laws (2010) (Document)

A detailed overview of school discipline policies in fourteen southern states in five key areas: 1) Suspension procedures; 2) Appeals process; 3) Conditions for admittance/readmittance to other district in state 4) Alternative education. 

Suspension Rates, Attendance and Dropout in a Kentucky Case Study (Document)

“School Characteristics Related to the Use of Suspension,” Education and Treatment of Children, Vol. 27, No. 24, (2004).

The Kentucky State Legislation Provides A Framework for Integrating Positive Discipline into Curriculum (Document)

"Legislative Declaration on Goals for Commonwealth's Schools - Model Curriculum Framework (158.6451)," Act of the Kentucky General Assembly (Effective: July 14, 2000).

The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse in Kentucky (Document)

"Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Zero Tolerance and Other Exclusionary Policies on Kentucky Students," Building Blocks for Youth (2002).


New Orleans, LA - Week of Action Events (Web Resource)

Friends and Families of Lousisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) stood up for the return of the New Orleans Recovery School District to local control.