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Restorative Justice Now!

Restorative Justice Now!

Restorative Justice Now! A Community Review of Alexandria City Public Schools' Implementation of Restorative Justice analyzes Alexandria City Public Schools discipline data and includes the district’s report card for restorative justice implementation.

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Taking Restorative Practices School-wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver

Taking Restorative Practices School-wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver

A report of the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership

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Power in Partnerships:Building Connections at the Intersections of Racial Justice and LGBTQ Movement

Power in Partnerships:Building Connections at the Intersections of Racial Justice and LGBTQ Movement

A new report created by Advancement Project, Gay Straight Alliance Network and Equality Federation, intended to serve as a resource for LGBT and racial justice organizations interested in working together to address disparities in school discipline along lines of race, gender and sexual orientation.

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Restoring Justice in Buffalo Public Schools

Restoring Justice in Buffalo Public Schools

Learn how Buffalo's new code of conduct is progressing and what we need to do next to keep restoring justice in Buffalo Public Schools. Report by Advancement Project, Citizen Action, and the Alliance for Quality Education

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Title VI Complaint Filed Against DeSoto County School District and DeSoto County Board of Education

Title VI Complaint Filed Against DeSoto County School District and DeSoto County Board of Education

On behalf of the Mississippi community group Desoto County Parents and Students for Justice (DCPSJ), Advancement Project filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in use of federal funds, against the DeSoto County School District and the DeSoto County Board of Education.

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Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools

Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools

This restorative practices toolkit focuses on strategies to build healthy relationships between students and adults in educational settings. This approach allows students and individuals to learn from their mistakes and make amends for wrongdoing. The “restorative practices” model includes addressing and discussing the needs of the school community, resolving conflict, holding individuals and groups accountable, repairing and restoring relationships, and reducing and preventing harmful behavior.

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2013 CRDC Follow Up Comment Letter

2013 CRDC Follow Up Comment Letter

The Department of Education recently solicited public comment on its upcoming Civil Rights Data Collection. Attached is Advancement Project’s follow up comments regarding the 2013 Civil Rights Data collection.

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Sample Agreements between Police & Schools

Sample Agreements between Police & Schools

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Broward Agreement on School Discipline Flow Chart

Broward Agreement on School Discipline Flow Chart

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Broward Agreement on School Discipline

Broward Agreement on School Discipline

Years of advocacy to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline have geared fruit for the the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward NAACP, led by President Marsha Ellison. After reforming their Code of Student Conduct earlier this year and initiating their innovative PROMISE intervention program, stakeholders have signed a groundbreaking Collaborative School Discipline Agreement. Inspired by the work in Clayton County, GA, Denver and other hot spots in the movement, these reforms are set to become a model for other districts in Florida and across the nation. This approach to reform is groundbreaking in that it: Comprehensively and directly addresses the School-to-Prison Pipeline (including suspensions, expulsions & arrests); Recognizes the racial justice issues inherent in the School-to-Prison Pipeline and seeks to address them; Includes a broad group of stake holders, including parents, teachers and community leaders; Replaced out-of-school suspensions with an innovative program to hold students accountable more effectively, by getting to the root cause of behavior issues and keeping them on track academically; Coincided with an investment in interventions and effective, school-based support for students who are suspended for more serious issues; Revitalized their shared data collection processes so that they can monitor issues as they arise. These victories would never have been possible without the determined, community driven advocacy of the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward NAACP. Advancement Project is incredibly proud to have worked with them throughout this process and to stand with our partners as youth in Broward return to classrooms that have a renewed commitment to common sense school discipline.

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2013 CRDC Comment Letter

2013 CRDC Comment Letter

The Department of Education recently solicited public comment on its upcoming Civil Rights Data Collection. Attached is Advancement Project’s comment letter which commends the Department of Education for key changes but also offers suggestions for improvement.

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School-to-Prison Pipeline Brochure

School-to-Prison Pipeline Brochure

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School-to-Prison Pipeline National Video

School-to-Prison Pipeline National Video

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School-to-Prison Pipeline Infographic

School-to-Prison Pipeline Infographic

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Youth United for Change: Bring Safe Schools to Philadelphia

Youth United for Change: Bring Safe Schools to Philadelphia

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Padres y Jovenes Unidos: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado

Padres y Jovenes Unidos: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado

Through youth voices and testimony, this video highlights the school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado and what a Denver-based parent and youth group, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, is doing to fight back.

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Buffalo, NY Code of Conduct: Developing Safe and Supportive Schools

Buffalo, NY Code of Conduct: Developing Safe and Supportive Schools

Adopted in April 2013 through the leadership of Citizen Action of Western New York and Alliance for Quality Education, Buffalo’s Code of Conduct is one of the most progressive in the country. The Code of Conduct focuses on the use of intervention and prevention strategies, limits suspensions for minor misbehaviors, and contains due process flowcharts to better explain student and parent rights.

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Guns and Armed Guards Are Not the Solution to School Safety - A Joint Letter to Legislators

Guns and Armed Guards Are Not the Solution to School Safety - A Joint Letter to Legislators

On April 18, 2013, progressive groups from Florida demanded that the legislature reject proposals that would place more guns and more police officers in Florida’s schools. The letter highlights the unintended consequences of placing police officers and other armed guards in schools, and presents data about school-based arrests in Florida.

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A Real Fix: The Gun-Free Way To School Safety

A Real Fix: The Gun-Free Way To School Safety

This report outlines a plan for schools and communities that are looking to ensure school safety without the use of school resource officers or other armed guards. The plan cites research into best practices for school safety, and finds that the best way to create safe schools is to invest in building relationships between all members of the school community. The report recommends using an integrated approach to securing the school environment that connects security measures with school culture, academic elements with behavioral elements, school resources with community resources, and educators with families.

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Proposed Memorandum of Understanding Between The School District And Police Department

Proposed Memorandum of Understanding Between The School District And Police Department

The purpose of this document is to set forth guidelines to ensure that the police department and the school district have a shared understanding of the role and responsibilities of each in maintaining safe schools, improving school climate, and supporting educational opportunities for all students.

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