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.
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.
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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.