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Call for Public Comments: Student Fair Access to Schools Act Hearing

Thursday, February 8 - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sponsored by: Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.

School discipline remains a focus here at AJE and on January 30, AJE's Executive Director Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas testified in support of the Student Fair Access to Schools Act before the DC Council. The hearing was nearly 9 hours long, with over 80 witnesses signed up to testify.

AJE's testimony highlighted the disproportionate negative impact that exclusionary school discipline policies have on students with disabilities, students of color, and how the current adult-focused system fails to protect students or meet their needs. Many other witnesses testified about the harm school exclusion causes to families and students, and how it does not change student behavior.

OSSE's recent report on school discipline highlights the disproportionate nature of discipline in DC that AJE and others discussed.

It is important that the Council hear from parents and youth about the effect school suspensions have had on their life and education. The hearing record will remain open until 5pm on Tuesday, February the 13th and we strongly encourage families to share their experiences.

Written statements can be emailed to Ashley Strange, Committee Assistant, at astrange@dccouncil.us or mailed to the following address:

Council of the District of Columbia
Committee on Education
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 116
Washington, D.C. 20004

You can also submit video testimony if that is better for you! No matter how you share your story, it is important that you do so. If you have technical questions or need support, please call us at 202 678-8060 and we can help share your story.

If you have any questions about school discipline, no matter where your student attends school in DC, we can help you navigate the school discipline process.

If you want to learn more about school discipline in DC, or nationwide, follow @AJEInc and @DignityinSchool on Twitter. If you are on Twitter and want to see what other are saying about the Student Fair Access to School Act, use the hashtag #FairAccess2School.

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