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Grantees Welcome New Federal Guidelines Addressing Discipline in Schools

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Atlantic grantees working for school discipline reform welcomed the federal government’s announcement of new school guidelines that discourage the use of zero tolerance school discipline polices.

Daniel J. Losen, director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, called the action “huge.”

“The guidelines put all districts on notice that they can be held accountable if they have excessively harsh policies,” Losen told The Washington Post. “This is telling schools what they need to pay attention to.”

VIDEO: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announces the new school guidance package, which provides resources for creating safe and positive climates to help boost student academic success and close achievement gaps.

Representatives from grantee organizations, including Advancement Project, Civil Rights Project at UCLA, Dignity in Schools, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Texas Appleseed and Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), were featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Dallas Morning News, NPR and several other national news outlets.

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Advancement Project is an Atlantic grantee. The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and Texas Appleseed are Atlantic grantees via a re-grant from the NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund. Dignity in Schools Campaign is an Atlantic grantee via National Ecomonic and Social Rights Initiative and VOYCE is an Atlantic grantee through Atlantic’s Just and Fair Schools Fund at Public Interest Projects.