The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.
In New York City's elite public high schools, students of color make up a tiny percentage of the student body, despite the large number of students of color living in the city. Why? Admission for elite schools like Stuyvesant High School is determined by an extremely challenging standardized test, which requires countless hours of (and money for) tutoring in preparation.
Thanks to the advocacy work of students, parents and communities across Massachusetts, a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick will give suspended or expelled students access to educational resources like alternative schools, tutoring or online learning programs.
In her annual Message on Public Education, Jan Resseger, Minister for Public Education and Witness at the United Church of Christ Justice, denounces the privatization of public education as the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation to provide all children with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is taking not one (or two, or three, or four) but five Florida school districts to task over the districts' harsh school discipline policies under which students of color are disproportionately suspended, expelled and push out of school. And because why file a federal complaint against just one district when you can file against five, SPLC is brining the misguided and unfair policies before the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
What in the name of reasonable policy solutions is wrong with the school officials, police departments, and juvenile justice systems operating the school-to-prison pipeline in east Mississippi? In a letter to state and local officials in Lauderdale County and the city of Meridian, the U.S. Department of Justice rebuked officials over the local school discipline policies for their egregious violations of students' rights.
This guest blog post is from Susan Howe, a longtime teacher in Wisconsin and a passionate advocate for the rights of all children to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.
For some reason, my family seems to have produced more than its share of teachers. I don't remember anyone encouraging us or discouraging us, but somehow we ended up with nine teachers in our extended family, including my husband and myself.
Citizens for Public Schools, a member of the Massachusetts OTL network, will be hosting acclaimed author Jonathan Kozol on September 19th, 2012 for their 30th Anniversary Lecture event. Kozol will be speaking at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard, Cambridge.
Answer: More inequity in public school funding.
This report analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on school discipline and suspensions in the 2009-10 school year to reveal the unconscionable disparities regarding which students are pushed out of the classroom through out-of-school suspensions.The source data covers 7,000 school districts and represents 85 percent of all public school students, making this report the first and most comprehensive analysis of the impact of out nation's school discipline policies.