Community Rights Campaign
Statewide Work to Reform School Discipline Policy
In 2011, the Community Rights Campaign provided leadership in forming an innovative statewide coalition to reform school discipline policy.
Our coalition consists of:
- grassroots community organizations
- legal advocates
- statewide advocates
Civil rights & school discipline
In California schools, a Black student is 3 times more likely to be suspended than a white student. National data from the US Department of Education have documented similar racial disparities nationally.
In many urban California school districts, students of color are ticketed or arrested by school police at 3-6 times the rate of white students.
5 bills passed in 2012
We supported 5 bills that passed in 2012:
- AB 1729 (Ammiano) Other Means of Correction
- AB 2537 (M. Perez) Clarifying "Zero Tolerance"
- AB 1909 (Ammiano) Notice to Key People for Foster Youth Facing School Removal
- SB 1088 (Price) Stopping Off the Books Expulsions for Juvenile Justice Youth
- AB 2616 (Carter) Aligning Truancy Law with Best Practices
Read more detailed info about these bills.
School police working group
In collaboration with the Children's Defense Fund, we have formed a
school police working group within the coalition to focus on changing
discipline policies involving the racialized overuse of school police
tickets and arrests.
Our coalition partners include:
- ACLU Southern California
- Black Organizing Project (Oakland)
- Black Parallel School Board
- CADRE (Los Angeles)
- Children's Defense Fund
- Children Now
- Faith in Action - Kern County
- Fight Crime, Invest in Kids
- Gay Straight Alliance Network
- Public Counsel
- UCLA Civil Rights Project
- Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
- Youth Justice Coalition
- Youth Leadership Institute (Fresno)