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"Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice,

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  • Bonnie Bracey
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2011
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      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 (http://press.org/events
      ) in Washington, D.C., as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign
      National Week of Action (www.dignityinschools.org).

      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 http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/discipline-policies
      and will be available at the CRP website (www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu

      Press Contact: James Horwitz , 202/549-4921, jhdcp@...

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