The Just and Fair Schools Fund November 2012 Newsletter

Victories

CLOUT and Louisville Schools Partner to Improve School Climate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping its commitments to Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT), Jefferson County Public Schools (KY) launched a comprehensive policy to address bullying, announced upcoming Code of Conduct revisions to promote restorative practices, and reported that 42 schools already want to implement restorative practices. CLOUT congregation leaders worked closely with Superintendent Donna Hargens’ office since April to develop these systematic approaches to improve school climate. Read more

Partner Spotlights

NYC Communities Seek an End to the Flood of Suspensions

As part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) National Week of Action on School Pushout, the DSC-New York chapter – including Urban Youth Collaborative – galvanized youth leaders (see photo below) for a candlelight vigil and march to raise awareness about New York Public Schools suspending 260 students a day. Read more

New Orleans Families Release Film on Halting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Also as part of the DSC’s National Week of Action, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) produced, screened and facilitated a community discussion (see photo below) on What Will It Take to Stop the School to Prison Pipeline – a documentary about ending Louisiana’s pushing out and locking up of students at alarming rates. Read more

Buffalo Parents Lead the Way toward Reducing Suspensions

Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and Citizen Action parent leaders are working to revise the student Code of Conduct with Buffalo Public Schools – which currently suspends nearly 20% of students each year, roughly four times the state average. The Buffalo News supports AQE leaders’ call for more decisive action and a steadfast focus on implementation. Read more

Read the complete Just and Fair Schools Fund November 2011 Newsletter here.

The Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) supports grassroots organizing initiatives that work to eliminate harsh school discipline policies and practices – and that uphold the right to education for all youth. Our newsletter shares updates on parent-, youth-, and congregation-led victories, partner spotlights, news, and resources to promote positive school climates and discipline.

US Human Rights Fund Invites You to a Celebration!

This event will honor the advocates, allies and donors who have secured human rights successes across the country. Dorothy Q. Thomas and Larry Cox will be recognized for starting the USHRF seven years ago. Representatives of the US Human Rights Network, the Human Rights at Home Campaign, and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will describe their efforts to advocate for the US to uphold international human rights values and standards within its borders.  The new “Sunrise Fund,” a targeted donor initiative to hold the U.S. accountable for human rights, will also be introduced.

Following the USHRF program, everyone is invited to a short reception.  Then we have the launch of Reels for Rights: A US Human Rights Media Arts Screening. This film and video program marks the start of an exciting new community-based effort to expand production and exhibition of human rights-oriented media.  The evening will be capped by a fabulous dinner and dance party!