Harsh School Discipline in the Spotlight at Select Committee Briefing

by Anonymous (not verified) on May 07, 2013


The Brothers, Sons, Selves initiative is involved in an important event this Friday, May 10, 2013. Here is the advisory for this event.

(Los Angeles) State Assemblymembers, LAUSD officials and civil rights advocates will convene in downtown Los Angeles to discuss local and state legislation to end harsh school discipline policies. More and more evidence demonstrates that harsh discipline methods do not work to promote school safety or better-run classrooms, but unfairly target boys and young men of color, damaging their opportunities to thrive and succeed.

As the majority of students in Los Angeles County, young people of color have a vital role to play in making our neighborhoods safer, our economy stronger and steering our city and state towards success. But each year we lose talented and gifted youth who are pushed to drop out of school because of ineffective and harmful policies such as “zero-tolerance” and harsh disciplinary measures. Due in part to such policies, the state currently suspends more students than it sends to college – more than 700,000 students annually.

As school districts move toward a common sense discipline approach that promotes academic achievement and youth development, several promising policy initiatives have emerged. New California and Los Angeles proposals would limit the use of willful defiance as a suspendable offense, minimize the criminalization of youth on campus for non-threatening offenses and create a district-wide school climate bill of rights.

WHAT: The California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color will showcase promising policy in the field and existing work to advance positive school discipline reform in Los Angeles and across California. This is part of the 2013-14 Select Committee's briefing series aimed at implementing policy solutions. 
WHO: The briefing will feature: Assemblymember Roger Dickinson and Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, with moderator Committee Chairperson Assemblymember Steven Bradford; Angelica Salazar, Children’s Defense Fund; Carlos “Elmo” Gomez, Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition; Mónica García, LAUSD Board President; Michelle King, Deputy Superintendent, LAUSD; Ruth Cusick, Public Counsel; Maisie Chin CADRE; and Cesar Castrejon, Long Beach Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition.
Media, stakeholders, practitioners, and decision-makers are invited to attend. 
WHERE: JW Marriott
Los Angeles, 900 West Olympic BoulevardLos Angeles, California 90015 USA 
WHEN: Friday, May 10th, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

For more information, interviews or to secure a press pass
for the event, contact Lester Garcia at 323-633-7288 or lestergarcia@icloud.com.


The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color was formed by Speaker John Pérez and is chaired by Assemblymember Steven Bradford. Members include Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian (AD35), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (AD18), Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (AD47), Assemblymember Beth Gaines (AD6), Assemblymember Richard S.
Gordon (AD24), Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (AD59),
Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell (AD54), Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (AD80), Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (AD63), Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (AD19) and Assemblymember Scott Wilk (AD38).

Every Student Matters is a campaign of the Brothers Sons Selves initiative at Liberty Hill Foundation. Brothers Sons Selves is a coalition of L.A. community organizations working towards a common agenda to improve the lives of young men and was created in partnership with The California Endowment.