DSC Members Celebrate Victory in Los Angeles

On Tuesday, May 14, DSC members CADRE, Public Counsel Law Center, Labor/Community Strategy Center, and Children's Defense Fund-California working with the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition of Los Angeles on the Every Student Matters Campaign celebrated a groundbreaking victory when the Los Angeles Unified School Board approved a School Climate Bill of Rights that: bans suspensions for willful defiance; calls for stepped up implementation of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support and for the first time Restorative Justice; makes discipline, citation, and school arrest data available to students and parents; and clarifies the role of police in schools.

This victory comes after years of organizing to reduce suspensions and end pushout in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In 2007, CADRE parents fought to pass a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support policy and for the past six years have worked with allies in DSC-Los Angeles to demand full implementation of the policy and to end the disproportionate suspension of African American students.

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