Just and Fair Schools Fund


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.

The Just and Fair Schools Fund invests $3.8 million in grants to 34 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, foster youth and others who are systematically denied this chance by extreme school discipline policies.

Click here to learn more about JFSF, its partners, and their projects.

Also, watch the videos on this page for an introduction to the JFSF and profiles of partners Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, The Labor/Community Strategy Center, and Community Organizing and Family Issues – as part of an ongoing series of JFSF video shorts.


The JFSF is made possible with the generous support of The Arcus Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Barr Foundation, The Cricket Island Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gill Foundation, Hyams Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, Walter S. Johnson Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

If you are a donor interested in learning more about or supporting the JFSF, please visit 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.


July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

Communities Turning the Tide on School Discipline

Communities Turning the Tide on School Discipline highlights successes of JFSF partners that are transforming the national discourse around school discipline, ensuring the children’s human right to education, and winning more humane, effective and just approaches. Click on report to download.

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

Winter 2011

Fall 2011

Summer 2011

Spring 2011