National and state level organizations urge Secretary Betsy DeVos to maintain school discipline guidance

Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: June 1, 2018

The Colorado Children’s Campaign has joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 153 other local, state and national organizations in submitting a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, emphasizing the importance of the joint school discipline guidance. The guidance clarifies the U.S. Department of Education’s role in providing schools and districts with resources to identify, avoid and remedy discriminatory discipline and specified the role of all schools and districts in treating children fairly and creating safe, supportive, and welcoming environments.

DeVos announced the Department’s plan to rescind the 2014 civil rights guidance in April. This announcement occurred after the release of a Government Accountability Office report, which found disproportionately higher rates of discipline for black children.

Rescinding the guidance would send the message that the Department does not and will not take a proactive role in ensuring that all children, and particularly children of color, boys, and children with disabilities, are not disproportionately impacted in school disciplinary actions.

Students deserve, and the law requires, a Department of Education that is working to protect all students from discrimination and provide an excellent education for all students. These regulations and guidance documents, and continued enforcement of the law, are critical to making students’ rights real. Click here to read our letter.

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

About Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. Early on while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University, she worked in health care as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity.