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Students Push for Changes in Philadelphia School District's Discipline Policy

August 9, 2012

Student leaders and community allies working with the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools voiced their opposition on July 20, 2012 to the most recent draft of the school district’s discipline policy at a press conference on the steps of the district headquarters. 

Members of the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, along with other organizations like the Education Law Center, have been working since early February to provide recommended changes to the district’s code of conduct. Students want it to be clear that they can’t be suspended for infractions like being out of uniform or cutting class and that expulsions will be used as a last resort. As a result of student opposition, district officials are working to write another draft of the code that is more responsive to student feedback.

Katie McCabe