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CRP Discipline Problems Dignity in Schools Campaign Successful and Racial Justice Civil Rights Project

started by Bonnie Sutton on 05 Oct 11
  • Bonnie Sutton
    The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) announces the
    release of a new report by Daniel Losen, director of the new Center
    for Civil Rights Remedies at the CRP and one of the nation's top
    experts on school discipline. The report, "Discipline Policies,
    Successful Schools, and Racial Justice," is published by the National
    Education Policy Center (NPEC), and is released in collaboration with
    the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Dignity in Schools

    Losen's research makes clear that unnecessarily harsh discipline
    policies are applied unfairly and disproportionately to minority
    students, dragging down academic achievement. The report also
    documents a trend across the United States in which minority students
    routinely receive major penalties, including school suspensions, for
    minor school offenses.

    The report shows how criminalizing kids detrimentally affects student
    learning, and criticizes the federal government's minimal efforts to
    collect data in any uniform way on the large number of students kicked
    out of school.
    The report was released earlier today at the National Press Club (
    ) in Washington, D.C., as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign
    National Week of Action (

    The Press Club briefing included presentations by experts including:

    Daniel Losen, (the report's author), Civil Rights Project at UCLA,
    discussed the report's findings;
    Jonathan Brice, School Support Networks Officer, Baltimore City Public
    Schools, the administrator chiefly responsible for student discipline
    in the Baltimore City Schools, spoke about alternative approaches to
    zero tolerance policies;

    Bobby Scott, Congressman, Third District, Virginia, talked about
    actions the federal government should take to insure that discipline
    is applied fairly;

    Honorable Steven Teske, Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton County,
    Georgia, offered recommendations;

    Kevin Welner, Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder School of
    Education and Director, National Education Policy Center discussed the
    National Education Policy Center's studies on diversity, academic
    achievement and the role discipline plays;

    Edward Ward, Blocks Together, Chicago, IL and Wanda Parker, Citizens
    for a Better Greenville, Greenville, MS, who are youth and parent
    representatives from the Dignity in Schools Campaign and spoke to
    their experiences with the overuse of suspensions, putting a human
    face on the issues.

    The complete report, a companion brief suggesting statutory changes to
    implement the report's recommendations, and resource sheets for
    parents and community members are at
    and will be available at the CRP website (

    Press Contact: James Horwitz , 202/549-4921,

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