ERIC Number: EJ1082772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 3
Are We Ready to #MeetTheMoment?
Voices in Urban Education, n42 p19-25 2015
CADRE, an organization led by Maisie Chin, is a Human Right to Education Campaign. Between 2005 and 2013, CADRE played a lead role in using grassroots organizing and leadership development to create a seismic shift in public policy, debate, and narrative around school discipline, racial disparities, parents' roles, school climate, and closing the achievement gap for low-income students of color. Through parent organizing and coalition and movement building, CADRE ushered in major new educational policies locally, statewide, and nationally that have fundamentally changed the landscape and raised the expectations and standards by which responses to student behavior are assessed, their root causes, and the inherent biases that accompany them. By 2013, a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high school in East Los Angeles achieved the unheard of standard of zero suspensions. A South Los Angeles high school that CADRE focused on brought suspensions down from 100 to 7 in one year. In 2013, in coalition with youth organizing groups and advocates, CADRE ushered in LAUSD's adoption of the School Climate Bill of Rights, making it the first district in California to ban suspensions for "willful defiance." This victory was just after the state of California passed six major pieces of legislation that Governor Brown then signed into law, changing the state's school discipline landscape fundamentally by, among other things, making suspensions the last resort. Here, Chin describes #MeetTheMoment, a movement designed to confront persistent racial disparities. It is grounded in the School Climate Bill of Rights and other previous CADRE campaigns that would go beyond compliance and numbers to create new experiences, new stories, and new possibilities for students.
Descriptors: Community Action, Community Organizations, School Community Programs, Partnerships in Education, Advocacy, Discipline Policy, Discipline, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Educational Policy, Best Practices
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail: AISR_info@brown.edu; Web site: http://www.annenberginstitute.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California