[COMM-ORG] The Labor/Community Strategy Center Wins Policy to Reduce Police Presence in Schools

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Subject: 	The Labor/Community Strategy Center Wins Policy to Reduce 
Police Presence in Schools
Date: 	Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:58:33 +0000
From: 	Just and Fair Schools Fund <jfsf at publicinterestprojects.org>
Reply-To: 	Just and Fair Schools Fund <jfsf at publicinterestprojects.org>
To: 	Randy <rstoecker at wisc.edu>



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August 2014 Newsletter


** LCSC Wins Policy to Reduce Police Presence in Schools
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The Labor/Community Strategy Center (LCSC), Public Counsel and allies won a new policy curbing Los Angeles School Police Department involvement in minor school discipline and campus problems. Beginning this school year, the protocol requires community and school interventions as first steps before any citations or arrests are possible.
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Ferguson, MO, Racial Disparities and School Discipline
Ferguson, MO, schools disproportionately suspend and arrest black students, according to the U.S. Department of Education.  Earlier this year, the Department released the first report in over a decade that looks at civil rights data from every public school in the country – also accessible via an online database.  New York Times columnist Charles Blow emphasizes Ferguson’s link between school discipline biases and an increased risk of being suspended and/or dropping out, a disproportionately that leads students of color to the juvenile justice system.
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** Victories
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Black Organizing Project Wins MOU with Oakland Police Department
Black Organizing Project, in collaboration with the ACLU and Public Counsel, successfully secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides guidelines and provisions for the Oakland Police Department’s interactions with students. The new policy sets limits on Oakland officers’ policing in schools.
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Partner Spotlights
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Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth Releases Documentary
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth released its documentary “Solutions Not Suspensions,” about the San Francisco community’s response to harsh disciplinary policies.
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Padres y Jóvenes Unidos & Advancement Project Racial Justice Report
Padres y Jóvenes Unidos and Advancement Project published “Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally.”
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Teachers Unite Growing Fairness Toolkit
Teachers Unite, a JFSF partner, developed a comprehensive toolkit written by educators with real-life experience piloting restorative practices in schools, empowering communities, and developing student leadership.
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Dignity in School Campaign National Week of Action
The Dignity in Schools Campaign, which includes many JFSF partners, announced its 5^th annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout, October 4-11, to raise awareness and to support local efforts to transform school discipline policies and practices.
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** Shaping the National Conversation
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SF Gate, 8/19/14 – Bill would block expulsion for ‘willful defiance’ - The California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 420, which would change how suspensions and expulsions for “willful defiance” are handled in California.
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ABA Journal, 8/4/14 – How do we fix the school-to-prison pipeline? (podcast with transcript)
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Ed Week, 7/24/14 – Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline - Kavitha Mediratta, head of the racial-equity program at The Atlantic Philanthropies, writes about the need for effective alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline policies.
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Resources You Can Use
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National School Discipline Data for Students with Disabilities
UCLA’s Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies compiled discipline data nationwide on students with disabilities, but uncovered widespread state non-compliance with federal law on reporting requirements.
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School Discipline Consensus Report Highlight Video
As part of its School Discipline Consensus Project, the Council of State Governments produced a video to highlight strategies and provide recommendations for multidisciplinary approaches to reducing suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of students.
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Digital Fundraising and Engagement: What Do Social Justice Nonprofits Need?
Public Interest Projects and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees convened more than 30 funders to find ways to help social justice nonprofits strengthen and diversify their funding bases.
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Opportunities
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Dignity in Schools Campaign, Fundraising Coordinator – Application Deadline extended to September 4 - Read more (http://publicinterestprojects.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d31c72317ed7ed2db9d8e6924&id=35c7f5cd87&e=f51c790cf7)

Neighborhood Funders Group, Director of Programs – Application Deadline: August 29 - Read more (http://publicinterestprojects.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=d31c72317ed7ed2db9d8e6924&id=a697e2e4f2&e=f51c790cf7)

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The JFSF is made possible with the generous support of Arcus Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Barr Foundation, The Cricket Island Foundation, Ford 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. Activities described in this newsletter are not necessarily funded by JFSF or any of its members.


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