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Gov. Brown: Time to Fix School Discipline in CA
  • Petitioned Governor Brown

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Governor Brown

Gov. Brown: Time to Fix School Discipline in CA

    1. Sponsored by

      Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

"We are students, young leaders, and concerned citizens from across California who need your help to fix a big problem in our state — the overuse of harsh, out-of-school discipline. Legislation awaiting your signature would bring vital improvements to education policy for students and schools across the state.

In 2011, California schools suspended students out of school more than 700,000 times, making California a national leader in a contest we don't want to win.  In fact, we are suspending more students each year than we are graduating from high school.

How can students learn if they are not in school?

Too often, suspensions are for things that used to just get students sent to the principal's office, like being late, talking back, or horsing around. When a student is suspended, they fall behind in classwork, are far more likely to drop out, and far more likely to get in trouble with the law and enter the juvenile justice system. Young men of color bear the brunt of these out-of-school removals and, not surprisingly, have the highest rates of dropout and incarceration in the state.

Some school districts are finding solutions that help all students. Los Angeles, Oakland, West Contra Costa, Woodland county and others are holding students accountable for their behavior while also sharply reducing school removals by using restorative justice and positive behavior approaches.  Studies show that all students in the school do better academically when these reforms are implemented and school safety and attendance rates also improve.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Several bills are on your desk right now, including SB 1235(Steinberg), AB 1729 (Ammiano), and AB 2242 (Dickinson), that will make California a leader in keeping students in school and using effective discipline approaches. Together we can bring improvements to all students and schools across the state.

We all win when students thrive. Please stand with us and sign these bills, to keep students in school!"


Gabriel Brower, 17,  Grant High School, Sacramento

Nancy Carretero Hernandez, 20, Fresno

David Chang, 15, Grant High School, Sacramento

Joshua Ham, 17, Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles

Veronica Martinez, 22, FREE L.A. High School, Los Angeles

Sammy Si, 17, Grant High School, Sacramento 

Elijah Smithson-Mohammad, 18, American Legion High School, Sacramento

Deniece Yates, 16, Oakland Military Institute, Oakland

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roe Levi GLENDALE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have interpreted for hundreds numerous expulsions of students. The hearings revealed that the majority of those students were somehow recruited by drug deales to deal for them inside the school by threatening harm to the students and their families. Most of them came from very underprivileged families, with very little to no supervision at home but with strong family values. The students in en efort to protect themselves and theire loved ones, from being physically harmed and/or killed, have reluctantly joines gangs and agreed to sell small quantities of drugs as agents of bigger dealers. WE MUST KEEP THE SERIOUS OFFENDERS OUT OF ALL SCHOOLS, AND PROTECT WHOLESOME VULNERABLE, SCARED STUDENTS FROM THE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS INSTEAD OF KICKING THEM TO THE CURB.

    • Michael Momeni IRVINE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Nobody should have to go a learning institution and have to worry about being harassed or assaulted. It doesn't matter what side of the train tracks you live on!

    • Sandra Vidales MADERA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I live in California, and kids at my school get suspended for the most ridiculous of reasons.

    • charlie bogen JUNCTION CITY, KS
      • about 2 years ago

      I remember being suspended back in HS, it definitely didn't seem like a punishment only having to go to an alternative school for an hour a day. (not that punishment based corrections systems work anyway)

    • dianka banks MORENO VALLEY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      african american i support them


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