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One PA's EdRights Network Wins Pennsylvania’s First PreK - 2nd Grade Suspensions Ban
On December 20th, 2017, the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board became the first school district in Pennsylvania to prohibit suspensions for minor, nonviolent conduct before third grade. Thanks to three long years of our hard work and perseverance, the Board voted 7-2 to pass the ban. This is a huge win for our children, our schools, and our community.
Last year in Pittsburgh Public Schools, students in PreK-2nd grade missed nearly 800 days of school due to suspensions, with Black children and students with disabilities facing suspension at disproportionate rates. For three years, the Education Rights Network has been calling on the School Board to end the school to prison pipeline in Pittsburgh, and pursue solutions—rather than suspensions—for our youngest learners.
For three years, we stood united, we didn’t back down, and we demanded–consistently and continuously–that our school board members take the first critical step to end the school to prison pipeline in Pittsburgh.
They heard us, and we won.
The threat to cancel DACA is yet another attack on communities of color by an increasingly hostile and dangerous White House. DACA has been a lifeline for a generation of undocumented youth. It has allowed nearly a million young people across the country to emerge from the shadows and seek a better future and pursue the elusive American Dream. Revoking DACA would slam the door shut on that future.read more
One Pennsylvania bears witness to emboldened white supremacists, and we reject it. We resist and renounce their hatred, and we condemn President Donald Trump’s failure to publicly renounce white supremacy and Nazism. We do not believe, as President Trump stated, that there are ‘many sides’ to racism, hatred, and anti-Semitism. All are unequivocally wrong.read more