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, ...

Student Voices Series – Lizbeth Hernandez

“What’s the point of going to school if all they do is search me?” by: Lizbeth Hernandez Ashleigh Washington Every day in LAUSD schools, administrators have to subject students to mandatory random metal detector searches. This ...

Fixing School Discipline in 2014!

  Research Shows Zero Tolerance Doesn’t Work Study after study has shown that zero-tolerance discipline policies are harmful to all students and disproportionately affect students of color, students with disabilities and ...

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 ...

Dignity In Schools Campaign Video Series!

Join us for a week of videos from the Dignity in Schools Campaign! We’ll be posting one new video every day this week. Dignity in Schools Bay Area 2013 Week of Action Video Series, Part 3: Restorative Justice from Black ...

This Weekend! First Ever Conference on Disproportionality of School Suspensions

This weekend will showcase an entire conference dedicated to fixing school discipline. “We Can Do Better: Collaborating to Reform School Discipline and Accountability,” is sponsored by the Advancement Project and will bring educators, ...

Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Another look into an absurd school discipline policy that totes a 6-year-old off to jail for having a tantrum during school. Elsewhere in this country, young students have been suspended and jailed for throwing a pencil at another ...

Fifth Grade Student Arrested for Science Experiment Blogs for the ACLU

Kiera Wilmot, the Florida fifth grade student who was recently arrested and suspended for doing a high school science experiment, demonstrates the use of severe discipline policies that perpetuate the ...

New Bill Restricting Use of “Willful Defiance” Moves Forward

This week, the Assembly Education Committee voted unanimously to move ahead with AB 420, which restricts the use of “willful defiance” in schools. Even though current law sites 23 other reasons for suspension and ...

Breaking News: AB 420 Passed Today!!

Congratulations! AB 420 passed out of the Assembly Education Committee today with a unanimous vote and bipartisan support. The hearing was packed with students, community leaders, parents and educators standing in support as teacher ...

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