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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Join Us Saturday for ‘Tangle’ – A Play About School Discipline!

Join us Saturday, October 5th at the launch of Talk It Out in Long Beach for conversation and a dramatic reading of the short play Tangle, based on real-life stories about school discipline in Long Beach, and performed by community ...

The Action Starts Tomorrow! Join us for a week of action against school pushout!

Dignity in Schools Bay Area 2013 Week of Action Video Series, Part 1: Racial Disparities from Black Organizing Project on Vimeo. This Saturday, September 28th the Dignity in Schools Campaign will be kicking off its 4th annual Week of ...

The New York Times Takes On Social Emotional Learning

Sunday’s New York Times featured an excellent article on social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. SEL helps garner psychological intelligence and emotional skills that ultimately helps children regulate emotions. The ...

Civil Rights Leaders & Students to Gov. Brown: Time Is Now to Sign AB 420 and Fix ‘Willful Defiance’ Suspensions

Saying “school discipline is a civil rights issue,” students from across California told powerful personal stories about school suspensions in a rally on August 14 on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. They joined the ...

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