LA School Board President thanks Community Rights Campaign as board votes to roll back punitive truancy policies
In her press release announcing the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) resolution to amend their daytime curfew law, Board President Monica García gives credit to the Community Rights campaign for their struggles to amend the law.
LA School Board (LAUSD) votes to support City Council motion to reverse punitive tardy/truancy ticketing
In the latest advance in CRC's campaign to roll back punitive truancy/tardy ticketing, the elected board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) yesterday voted to support City Councilmember Tony Cardenas' motion to amend the ticketing law itself .
CRC student leaders are featured in the current issue of Rethinking Schools magazine, a special issue titled, "Stop the School to Prison Pipeline." The article, titled, "Arresting Development- Zero Tolerance and the criminalization of children," is by Annette Fuentes, who wrote a guest blog with the CRC in August.
With Advancement Project, L.A. to Host Regional Action Camp for Activists Against School-to-Prison Pipeline
In February, the Community Rights Campaign and several local and national allies--including Dignity in Schools Campaign, Padres & Jovenes Unidos, Youth United for Change and the Alliance for Educational Justice--will be working with the Advancement Project to host a national training in Los Angeles, one of four regional action camps to train school-to-prison pipeline organizers, activists and advocates from across the country.
Los Angeles' top judge for juvenile courts has released new guidelines to eliminate fines and unnecessary court time for students receiving truancy / tardy tickets. The court will also direct students who miss school to school- and community-based resources that are shown to improve academic achievement and get struggling students back on track. This is a major step toward CRC's goal of rolling back truancy and tardy ticketing that targets low-income students of color.
LOS ANGELES - Students with tickets for being late to school faced hundreds of dollars in fines and were forced to miss more school time to appear in court.
Now Los Angeles' top judge for juvenile courts has released new guidelines to eliminate fines and unnecessary court time for students who were late to school and for other minor offenses. The court will also direct students who miss school to school- and community-based resources that are shown to improve academic achievement and get struggling students back on track.
Read a blog by Community Rights Member Elizabeth Chaidez on the human impact of incarceration.
Imagine being taken out of society, and forced to live in cell for 5, 10, 15 or maybe 20 years, or forever, for a crime you may or may have not committed. You do not have any human contact except when you are transferred from one place to another. However, when you are transferred you are handcuffed and chained by the waist like an animal.
The increase in the presence of law enforcement in schools, especially
in the form of school resource officers (SROs) has coincided with
increases in referrals to the justice system, especially for minor
offenses like disorderly conduct. This is causing lasting harm to youth,
as arrests and referrals to the juvenile justice system disrupt the
educational process and can lead to suspension, expulsion, or other
alienation from school. All of these negative effects set youth on a
track to drop out of school and put them at greater risk of becoming
involved in the justice system later on, all at tremendous costs for
taxpayers aswell the youth themselves and their communities.
by Eric Mann
Many in the Occupy movement believe that making specific demands will leave the movement open to cooptation and division. But without demands that ask the president, Congress, and Wall Street to make radical changes in policy, there is the danger that they will still carry out business as usual while the protests grow stronger.