Across the country, students, parents, and educators are organizing to change their school districts’ zero tolerance policies – and they’re winning. At the 2014 Netroots Nation conference in Detroit last weekend, advocates and organizers discussed the victories and continuing challenges in the movement for school discipline reform.
On July 1, Massachusetts took a bold step forward in the national school discipline reform movement when its new Chapter 222 law went into effect. To help advocates in other states learn how they, too, might tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, here’s how our Massachusetts coalition came together, fought hard, and won reform.
After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will open a civil rights investigation looking at discrimination in the "One Newark" school reform plan.
A new lawsuit in New York is challenging teacher tenure, but advocates and organizers point out that the case is merely a distraction from the real inequities that are hurting the state's public schools. Writing in the Times Union, Billy Easton (Alliance for Quality Education) and David Sciarra (Education Law Center) explain what the case gets right––and what it gets completely wrong.
There's no doubt that diversity at the front of the classroom is as important as having a diverse student body. But nationally Black men account for only about 2 percent of all public school teachers, and there is little research that explores these teachers’ experiences in schools.
Alongside recent victories in Los Angeles and San Francisco that limited out-of-school suspensions, in the past year Oakland, Pasadena and San Francisco have all made sweeping changes to their rules for school police officers.
As part of the 50th Anniversary Freedom Summer conference, organizers in Mississippi are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would put the right to education and fair school funding in the state's constitution.
Education was a center-stage issue in the New York City 2013 mayoral election thanks to the hard work of advocates and organizers across the city. Now those advocates are making a film chronicling their victory and they need your help! Watch the teaser trailer for "Vision to Victory" and help support the film's production!