School Discipline

Keeping Kids in Class: Arkansas Ally Releases In-Depth Analysis of School Discipline

Posted on: Thursday February 14th, 2013

Black students in Arkansas schools are more likely to be suspended and receive corporal punishment than their white counterparts, according to this comprehensive state-level analysis from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), a member of the AR OTL Campaign. School disciplinary policies that disproportionately keep students of color out of school reduce their opportunities to learn and increase gaps in educational achievement. As this report shows, Arkansas schools rely far too often on disciplinary approaches that bar students from the classroom.

Black students in Arkansas schools are more likely to be suspended and receive corporal punishment than their White counterparts, according to a new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF), a member of the AR OTL Campaign.

SOTU: The Commander-in-Chief — and the Battle for Public Education

Posted on: Thursday January 26th, 2012

During Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, President Obama touched on education issues at several points in his speech. The Schott Foundation for Public Education today released its response to the President's education message.

 During Tuesday night's State of the Union Address, President Obama touched on education issues at several points in his speech. The Schott Foundation for Public Education today released its response to the President's education message:

Three CA Districts Limit Police in Schools

Posted on: Monday June 30th, 2014

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.

Building Consensus to Reform School Discipline

Posted on: Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

The newly released School Discipline Consensus Report is a powerful catalog of promising strategies for reforming school discipline. The report draws on hundreds of experts from the fields of education, health, law enforcement and juvenile justice and offers a consensus framework to address the overuse and misuse of harsh school discipline.

Millions of students are removed from their classrooms each year, overwhelmingly for minor misbehaviors. A disproportionately large percentage of those affected are students of color, students with disabilities and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Illinois Requires Public Reporting of School Discipline Data

Posted on: Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions.

Thanks to the organizing work of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, the Illinois legislature has passed a new law requiring public reporting of school discipline data. SB2793 is a huge victory and a step toward ending the discriminatory use of suspensions and expulsions. 

May 13 Rally at the US Supreme Court

Posted on: Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are still separate and still unequal. On May 13, parents, students, educators and community members will rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demand that policymakers recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in the Brown decision.

Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All

National Week of Action May 13-17

Posted on: Monday April 28th, 2014

Join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools for a National Week of Action May 13-17 to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Parents, students, educators and community members are organizing actions across the country to continue the struggle for racial and educational justice and win the public schools all our children deserve.

Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All – May 13-17, 2014

Partnerships, NOT Pushouts: New Policy Guide for School Boards

Posted on: Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

A new policy guide released today details how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district.

Partnerships, NOT Pushouts
New "Whole-Child" Policy Guide for School Board Members

Huge Drop in Suspensions and Expulsions in Colorado

Posted on: Wednesday April 16th, 2014

After years of organizing work, advocates in Colorado won statewide school discipline reform in 2012. Padres & Jovenes Unidos, the leading voice behind the new law, has released a report card detailing the law's success during its first year. 

The parents of Padres & Jovenes Unidos have been a leading force in the school discipline reform movement in Colorado.

A Snapshot of the Nation's Education Inequities

Posted on: Thursday April 3rd, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights released data from all of the nation's 97,000 public schools, offering the most complete snapshot of educational opportunity in America and shining a light on the deep inequities in access to resources like pre-k, college counselors, advanced courses and experienced teachers. 

That disparities exist in access to educational resources isn't news for advocates and organizers in the education debate. But sometimes it's worth revisiting the data or exploring new aspects of it to get a bigger, sharper picture of the issues so many parents, students and teachers are working to improve.