School Safety


U.S. Departments of Education and Justice's School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), released in 2014 a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. Even though incidents of school violence have decreased overall, too many schools are still struggling to create positive, safe environments. Schools can improve safety by making sure that climates are welcoming and that responses to misbehavior are fair, non-discriminatory and effective. Each year, significant numbers of students miss class due to suspensions and expulsions—even for minor infractions of school rules—and students of color and with disabilities are disproportionately impacted. The guidance package provides resources for creating safe and positive school climates, which are essential for boosting student academic success and closing achievement gaps.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and works to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. As a national coalition, the Dignity in Schools Campaign builds power amongst parents, youth, organizers, advocates and educators to transform their own communities, support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools, and fight racism and all forms of oppression. They bring together their members through direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and leadership development to fight for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.


Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence


Parameters for Police and SROs in K-12 Schools 
Letter to U.S. DOJ from various Foundations (May 2013)

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer 
Colorlines (March 2013)


California Voter Attitudes on School Safety
The California Endowment (January 2013)

Resolution Regarding Juvenile Courts and Schools Partnering to Keep Kids in School and out of Court (Letter to the Vice President) 
(Statement for the Youth Violence Prevention Summit)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (January 2013)

Statement for the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force 
Aaron Kupchik, University of Delaware (January 2013)

Statement for the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
The California Endowment (January 2013)

A Call for More Effective Prevention of Violence
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education

Measured Responses: Why increasing law enforcement in schools is not an effective public safety response to the Newtown tragedy
Justice Policy Institute

Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools
Justice Policy Institute

More Guns, More Police: Not the Answer to Stopping Gun Violence Civil Rights Group Says
The Advancement Project

Statement about Connecticut School Shooting
Fight Crime Invest in Kids

Dignity in Schools Campaign Statement on Sandy Hook Elementary
Posted by an NJJDPC Member

Policy Recommendations for Child Safety
The Advancement Project

Police in Schools are Not the Answer to the Newtown Shooting
A Joint Issue Brief of: The Advancement Project Alliance for Educational Justice, Dignity in Schools, and the Legal Defense Fund

Dignity in Schools Campaign Letter to Biden on Sandy Hook
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Statement of LAUREL G. BELLOWS President on behalf of the AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Submitted for the record of the hearing on ENDING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE before the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights of the U.S. SENATE

ACLU Letter to Vice President Biden’s Gun Violence Task Force
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Summary of CJJ Report on Schools – Abandoned in the Back Row
Coalition for Juvenile Justice

The California Endowment Letter to Vice President Biden
The California Endowment

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Responds to Administration Proposals on Gun Violence: Suggests Schools Decline to Increase Police Presence
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

President Obama, Just Say No to More Guns in Schools
Justice Policy Institute

The Facts About Dangers of Added Police in Schools
The Sentencing Project

Use Proven Approaches -- Not Cops -- to Keep Schools Safe
National Juvenile Justice Network

Safe and Effective School Disciplinary Policies and Practices
National Juvenile Justice Network


Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence, 2nd Edition (2009)
International Association of Chiefs of Police

Threat Assessment in Schools: a Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates
U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education

The Final Report and Findings of The Safe School Initiative: Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States
U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education