Federal School Discipline Guidance Released January 2014

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On January 8, 2014 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder released historic Federal School Discipline Guidance that lays out school districts’ civil rights obligations when it comes to school discipline.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) applauds the release of the Guidance, which provides legal direction for schools to address racial discrimination and tools to implement positive approaches that reduce suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to law enforcement while improving safety.

The Guidance reaffirms the work of DSC members across the country who have been organizing students, parents and teachers to fight against discriminatory discipline policies and advocate for positive approaches, including social and emotional learning, restorative practices and school-wide positive behavior supports.

You can access the full School Discipline Guidance and resources from the Department of Education and Justice at: http://www.ed.gov/school-discipline

Read our blog post about the release.