Who's With Us? "Solutions Not Suspensions" Endorsements and Media
Two weeks ago the OTL Campaign joined with the Dignity in Schools Campaign to launch "Solutions Not Suspension: A call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions." The initiative is already turning heads in the education sector, racking up endorsements and grabbing the attention of both national and local media outlets.
As it should be, of course. Putting an end to out-of-school suspensions and keeping students in the classroom is one of the most logical ideas in today's education reform debate. Too many students are kept out of the classroom, oftentimes for minor infractions like dress code violations or talking back to a teacher, which increases the likelihood they fall behind in their classwork, drop out of school and become invovled in the juvenile justice system. Worse, a disproportionate number of the those suspended are students of color and students with disabilities. Want to close the achievement gap? An extremely sensible first step is making sure no student is pushed out of school by harsh discipline policies.
Organizations are signing on in support of the call for a moratorium, including One Voice Mississippi, the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, Education Voters of Pennsylvania and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
Add your voice to the call! Whether you sign on as an individual or organization, every voice counts. The stronger our movement, the better psotion we'll be in to demand change from local, state and federal policymakers.
You can learn more about "Solutions Not Suspensions" and add your voice to the call at stopsuspensions.org. You can also download DSC's Model Code on Education and Dignity, a collection of policy recommendations for schools, districts and states.
You can view some of the spectacular pictures from the "Solutions Not Suspensions" launch event in Los Angeles here and view video of the event below:
Check out some of the media hits the initiative has gotten so far! We'll keep you updated as the momentum around this crucial issue continues to build:
And a video news clip from Univision: