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We Need Change: A school should be like a sanctuary or a safe haven. BY Umar Bavani Ashleigh Washington For communities and advocates, fixing school discipline often focuses on the immediate harm students face from harsh, punitive, and prison-like discipline practices in schools. However, it is equally important to imagine ... Read More
 
Study: Suspending students lowers achievement of non-suspended students

Study: Suspending students lowers achievement of non-suspended students

Some people say that if you remove classroom distractions by suspending misbehaving students, other students benefit. A just-published research study says the opposite is true. The study found that high rates of school suspensions harmed math and reading scores for non-suspended students. Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Kentucky followed more than 17,000 Kentucky students ... Read More
 
Extra, Extra…School Climate LCAP is HERE!

Extra, Extra…School Climate LCAP is HERE!

We’ve made it easy for you! We filled in the spaces in the state-required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) with the best practices that we have seen from educators and communities around the State. Click here to download our LCAP school climate template in MS Word format: [download id=”3217″] The Districts that are doing it ... Read More
 

New National Program Will Help School Administrators Reduce Suspensions and Expulsions

Administrators at some of the nation’s largest school districts are getting extra help to keep students in school. The national organization Children’s Defense Fund has joined with school leaders to support discipline alternatives to suspension and expulsion. Oakland Unified School District and nine other school districts from Pennsylvania to Texas have agreed to pursue or ... Read More
 
San Francisco Schools Pass Agreement to Reduce Arrests on Campus and Racial Gap in Policing Data

San Francisco Schools Pass Agreement to Reduce Arrests on Campus and Racial Gap in Policing Data

There’s positive news from San Francisco about the role of police on campus. Community groups have come together to promote a new agreement between San Francisco police and schools that will reduce arrests on campus and the troubling racial gap that happens as a result. UPDATE: The San Francisco Unified School District approved the final ... Read More
 
U.S. Education and Justice Leaders Say that School Discipline Discrimination Puts Students’ Civil Rights at Risk

U.S. Education and Justice Leaders Say that School Discipline Discrimination Puts Students’ Civil Rights at Risk

U.S. education and justice leaders have joined forces to say that school discipline discrimination puts students civil rights and learning at risk. Suspension and expulsion should be the last school discipline choice for America’s students, according to guidance for school leaders announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric ... Read More
 
Parents and Students Applaud San Francisco School Plan to Eliminate Suspension Gap for Students of Color

Parents and Students Applaud San Francisco School Plan to Eliminate Suspension Gap for Students of Color

As data shows 77% of suspended SF students are African American or Latino, the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution would end suspensions for “willful defiance” and provide a system and plan to support schools in applying alternatives to harsh discipline. Read our press release: SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Unified School District has taken a ... Read More
 
Free Webinar! Mobilize: Launching and Sustaining Successful School Campaigns

Free Webinar! Mobilize: Launching and Sustaining Successful School Campaigns

Are you interested in fixing school discipline at a school or district in your community?  Do you want to know more about how successful campaigns to improve schools? Join Rob McGowan, Associate Director of Organizing at Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE), Kevine Boggess, Director of Civic Engagement at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth ... Read More