On August 21, a grassroots initiative of students, educators, parents, and community leaders, joined by more than 50 partners and allies, have ignited a national call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions and for schools to adopt more constructive disciplinary policies that benefit students, classrooms and communities. Read More about this Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign in Los Angeles.
Earlier this month we featured a post that confirms the extremely high rate of suspensions for students of color and students with disabilities. One of our priorities at SC Appleseed is ending the overuse of exclusionary discipline and encouraging schools to keep all students in their learning environment, which we are doing through work with community members, policy advocacy, and litigation. Folks who are interested in stopping the school to prison pipeline should visit the stopsuspensions.org website to sign on to the call for the moratorium, and should contact us if they want to get involved locally.