Will LAUSD Ban Harsh School Discipline Today?

by Anonymous (not verified) on May 14, 2013

(Los Angeles) Hundreds of youth, parents and community leaders will descend on LAUSD headquarters to demand the passage of the School Climate Bill of Rights—a resolution that would enact common sense approaches to school discipline and expand programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults. If passed, the landmark proposal would ban “willful defiance” suspensions from LA schools -- a first for a major school district.

The School Climate Bill of Rights also calls on the district to enact research-based alternatives to suspension that have been proven to create positive learning environments and increase academic achievement. In addition, schools will no longer rely on School Police for day-to-day discipline and instead focus on strengthening relationships between students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.

California suspends more students than it sends to college. Research has shown that harsh discipline methods are counterproductive to making schools safer, and unfairly target boys and young men of color, damaging their opportunities to thrive and succeed. In 2007, the Los Angeles Unified School District adopted the Positive Behavioral Supports policy to improve school discipline practices across the district.

Passage of the School Climate Bill of Rights is another a key step to further transform disciplinary approaches that hold back young people into practices that create learning environments that are safe, healthy and supportive for all students.

WHAT: LAUSD will vote on whether to ban willful defiance suspensions and adopt the School Climate Bill of Rights. Hundreds of youth and parents will rally outside of LAUSD headquarters with music, picket signs, and bullhorns.

WHO: Hundreds of youth and parents from across LAUSD

WHERE: LAUSD Headquarters, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles, 90017

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4-7pm

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

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