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.
Watch the following videos for an introduction to the JFSF and profiles of partners Padres y Jovenes Unidos and The Labor/Community Strategy Center – as part of an ongoing series of JFSF video shorts.
The Just and Fair Schools Fund is pleased to announce $3.8 million in grants over two years to 35 community organizations winning critical reform of harsh school discipline and aggressive school policing that lead to high rates of suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests of youth – most often for minor misbehavior. Every year, our nation suspends 3.3 million students, and each of these suspensions slashes a student’s chance to succeed and chance to dream. Based in 15 states and working at the local, state, and national levels, the grantees of the Fund are working to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed and dream – especially youth of color, LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, and others who are systematically denied this chance by extreme school discipline policies.
The JFSF is made possible with the generous support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Barr Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Falk Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gill Foundation, Hyams Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skillman Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
If you are a donor interested in learning more about or supporting the JFSF, please contact Don Cipriani, Director, at 212-378-4438 or through our contact page.
For information about JFSF developments and events, please subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter.
Please see below for the most recent issues of the JFSF e-newsletter — a source for parent-, youth-, and congregation-led victories, partner spotlights, news, and resources to promote positive school climates and discipline.