Model School Code on Education and Dignity

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Here you can download the full 150 page PDF of the DSC Model Code on Education and Dignity, a set of recommended policies for federal, state and local policymakers to end school pushout. You can also use the dropdown menu below to browse and download individual PDFs of each policy topic covered in the Code.

The Model Code is organized into five chapters: 1) Education, 2) Participation, 3) Dignity, 4) Freedom from Discrimination and 5) Data, Monitoring and Accountability. Each of these chapters addresses a key component of providing a quality education and reflects core human rights principles and values. Each chapter includes recommended policies for states, districts and schools.

Chapters 1 and 2 on Education and Participation outline broad principles and standards for high quality education and community participation that lay the groundwork for positive school climates and discipline. Chapter 3 on Dignity focuses on the issue of positive school climate and constructive approaches to discipline. It provides detailed language that can be adopted by states, districts and schools in education codes and policies. Chapters 4 and 5 on Discrimination and Monitoring and Accountability present recommended policies and practices for addressing the disproportionate impact of punitive discipline, and for ensuring quality data collection and effective monitoring of policies.

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