On December 18, youth organizers in 25 cities will hold protests and "die-ins" as part of a national action to challenge state violence against young people of color. They are calling the action "the first formal indictment of the public education system as agents of state violence."

By Samuel Acevedo, Boston Higher Education Resource Center

"If we know that more Latino teachers means more Latino kids will finish school, go on to college and live to their fullest potential, then we are duty bound to hire more of them." This post is the third in a series featuring testimony from a recent hearing hosted by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on how Boston Public Schools can recruit, train and retain more teachers of color.

According to a new report from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, 9 out of the 10 school systems in Massachusetts with the highest suspension rates are charter schools, with some of them suspending between 40 and 60 percent of their students often for minor misbehaviors like dress code violations or being tardy.

School discipline reform has gotten a ringing endorsement in California where school districts have chosen to dedicate millions of dollars towards "restorative justice" programs that keep students in school and address behavioral problems with constructive alternatives to suspension or expulsion.

Over the past eight years, Communities for Public Education Reform's grantees have racked up an impressive 90 policy wins at the school, district, state and federal level. To celebrate those victories, CPER has released a series of reports highlighting the impressive and inspiring work of its network of education justice organizers and showing how philanthropy can help build and sustain national social justice movements.

After five successful campaigns for district- and state-level change, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos and the Advancement Project have released an invaluable case study of how they built the movement for school discipline reform in Colorado – and how advocates across the country can replicate their success.

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