The NAACP Legal Defense Fund Applauds DOJ and DOE s Acknowledgment That Racial Discrimination in School Discipline is a Serious Issue | NAACP LDF

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund Applauds DOJ and DOE’s Acknowledgment That Racial Discrimination in School Discipline is a Serious Issue | NAACP LDF – Today, for the first time, the United States Departments of Education and Justice jointly released guidance that outlines civil rights obligations regarding school discipline that schools and districts throughout the country must follow affirming that “racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.” The guidance was included in a resource package with guiding principles and a resource guide from the Department of Education encouraging “educators to proactively redesign discipline policies” to promote safe, fair policies which will move away from exclusionary discipline and towards prevention and positive school climates that improve educational outcomes for every student in the country. Together, this resource package is an invaluable resource for educators and advocates who are working diligently to end the school-to-prison pipeline by eradicating overly punitive disciplinary measures that disproportionately affect students of color. “These much needed guidelines send a strong message from the federal government that it takes seriously the criminalization of children, particularly children of color, in schools. It acknowledges that race plays an improper role in school discipline practices with long-term negative consequences for students’ educational outcomes,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., (LDF).

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