(Los Angeles) Tonight, the Los Angeles Unified School
District adopted the School Climate Bill of Rights by a vote of 5 to 2. Approval of the resolution bans “willful
defiance” suspensions and directs LAUSD to enact common sense approaches to school discipline and expand
programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults.
youth rights agenda moves forward as the LAUSD joins our community in accepting
the responsibility to support the School Discipline Policy and School Climate
Bill of Rights,” said Board President Mónica García. “This resolution means
more graduations, less incarceration, it means adults must learn new strategies
to teach and practice new discipline policies that support student success.”
As the majority of students in Los
Angeles County, young people of color have a vital role to play in making our
neighborhoods safer, our economy stronger and steering our city and state
towards success. Yet low income and young men of color have the lowest
life expectancy rates, highest unemployment rates, fewest high school and
college graduates and most murder victims of any demographic group in Los
Angeles. This reality starts in school policies that unfairly target students
of color for suspensions which ultimately lead to truancy and drop-outs.
“This vote is an important first step in
our effort to ensure that every student has an opportunity to thrive,” said Kafi D.
Blumenfield, President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation which has been
managing the campaign. “Passage of The School Climate Bill of
Rights signals that L.A. truly wants all students to lead
healthy, successful lives.”
2007, LAUSD took a first step in addressing school discipline by adopting the School
Wide Positive Behavioral and Intervention Supports
policy. The School Climate Bill of Rights builds on that effort to ensure that
all Los Angeles schools create learning environments that are safe, healthy and
supportive for all students.
resolution will require schools to use measures other than suspension to address
minor student infractions, including setting clearer expectations and providing
counseling to get at the root of bad behavior when possible, both of which have
been found to be more effective approaches. Schools also have the option to
pilot additional programs that might prove even more useful, such as detention,
or setting up a special classroom, with schoolwork to be done and tutors
available, so that students who face disciplinary measures don't fall behind in
“I am so thrilled that our resolution
passed,” said Armando Peña, a youth leader and student at Fremont High School.
“It tells me that my school district believes in the right of myself and each
of my peers to have a safer and more supportive education.”
For more information or interviews, contact
Lester Garcia at 323-633-7288 or email@example.com.
Every Student Matters is a campaign of the Brothers Sons Selves
initiative at Liberty Hill Foundation. Brothers Sons Selves is a coalition of
L.A. community organizations working towards a common agenda to improve the
lives of young men and was created in partnership with The California