New OTL Policy Guide: School Boards Play Key Role in Ending Suspensions

Posted on: Friday April 12th, 2013

National School Boards Association Votes for
Resolution to Prevent Out-of-School Suspensions

New OTL Policy Guide Highlights Successful District Reforms

We have BIG news to announce!

At the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference this weekend, thousands of school board members from across the country voted to adopt a resolution to prevent the use of out-of-school suspensions and encourage districts to implement positive discipline policies that keep students in the classroom and learning.

It's momentum like this that will improve the lives of countless youth across the country. Students, parents, teachers, and now School Board members are fighting back against the school-to-prison pipeline!

One of the most crucial tools to use on the local level is being released today: the OTL Campaign's brand new policy guide, developed with the NSBA and other national partners.

"Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members" highlights districts across the country that are creating discipline policies aimed at ending excessive and discriminatory out-of-school suspensions. Inside, you'll find:

  • Research on discipline policies
  • Key questions policymakers should ask
  • Examples of successful discipline reforms from across the country
  • Action steps for policymakers

But you don't need to be on a school board to take action. We're asking everyone to send this guide to their local boards and then urge them to follow NSBA's lead.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that over 3.3 million students were suspended in the 2009-10 school year, often for minor, non-violent misbehaviors such as violating the dress code or talking back to a teacher. Black students were three times as likely as their White peers to be issued an out-of-school suspension, along with almost one in 13 Latino students. Students with disabilities were also disproportionately affected.

Thanks to the tireless work by you and advocates throughout the country, we can stop this injustice and make sure that all students, regardless of background, have an pportunity to learn.

Check out the policy guide here!

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