Four Centers Within the Appleseed Network File Public Comments with the U.S. Department of Education on the State of School Discipline in America
Advocacy Organizations Urge Biden Administration to Ramp Up Enforcement of Federal Civil Rights Laws in Schools Across the United States
WASHINGTON — Four member organizations of Appleseed, a network of justice centers, submitted public comments to the United States Department of Education on Thursday, July 22, concerning the national state of school discipline. By focusing on four questions posed by the Department of Education to the public, Texas Appleseed, Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, and Kansas Appleseed illustrate how school policing, gang databases, discriminatory dress codes, and classroom removals hinder millions of young people from achieving their full potential in classrooms across America.
Appleseed Justice Centers Release New Report: Protecting Girls of Color from the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Report Finds Black Girls are Subject to Discriminatory School Disciplinary Action in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Alabama
WASHINGTON, DC, September 2, 2020 – Three members of the Appleseed Network, a non-profit network of independent organizations in the United States and Mexico working towards social and legal justice, today announced the release of their comprehensive report, “Protecting Girls of Color from the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” the final product of a year-long research project examining disparities in school disciplinary treatment for Black girls in Massachusetts, Alabama, and Kansas. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, an international law firm, served as pro bono partner throughout the project.
Appleseed Centers all over the US and Mexico are working hard – and receiving excellent press coverage for their work.
Last month, we featured the work of Missouri Appleseed and this month we are proud to share that Massachusetts Appleseed's own Deborah Silva was quoted in the most recent issue of the ABA Journal. Silva was interviewed for an article discussing court bans on electronic devices: “‘It's a real barrier to access to justice. The burden of this policy really falls to those who can't afford to hire an attorney.’"