Governor Brown: Time to Fix School Discipline in CA
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Governor Brown: Time to Fix School Discipline in CA

    1. Petition 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!"

Signed,

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

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    • Alma Lopez SACRMANETO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      My younger brother experienced this - Research demonstrates that when students are removed from the classroom as a disciplinary measure, the odds increase dramatically that they will repeat a grade, drop out, or become involved in the juvenile justice system. These negative consequences disproportionately affect children of color as well as students with special needs. http://justicecenter.csg.org/resources/juveniles

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    • Alma Lopez SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      My younger brother went through this - Research demonstrates that when students are removed from the classroom as a disciplinary measure, the odds increase dramatically that they will repeat a grade, drop out, or become involved in the juvenile justice system. These negative consequences disproportionately affect children of color as well as students with special needs http://justicecenter.csg.org/resources/juveniles

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    • Maria Morales PITTSBURG, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe in the empowering youth who speak out against racism. I couldn't be prouder of these young people. ~Maria (Mexican/American)

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    • CHRISTINA BORGMAN SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      You can't learn if you aren't in school, whether due to suspension or poor attendance.

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    • Stephanie Yang SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      HMLCAN supports the work by Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and the Boys and Men of Color School Push Out because these boys and men are part of community and we will push for their voices to be heard so that we can create change for all students in our school system!

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