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