School and academic inequality are rooted in systemic racial and class oppression and discrimination which marginalize and harms Black and Brown students.
DSC CA’s mission is to build solidarity with other activist and community organizations, students, and policy changers to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and push for systemic transformations in the education system.
Do No Harm
DSC CA’s projects and campaigns are accountable to what is best for the most marginalized groups of students. Our decisions and actions are based on a transformative approach to movement building.
End Zero Tolerance Policies
Schools need to end zero tolerance policies and practices which typically target and discriminate against black and brown students, and thus road blocks to their education.
Implement Restorative Justice Practices
Schools and districts need to implement restorative justice programs and practices that help build positive school climate and keep children in school
No Cops on Campus
Police and School Recourses Offices should be removed from schools, and should not be used for handling routine disciplinary problems in classrooms and campuses.
The School- to-Prison Pipeline
REFERRALS TO POLICE
Between 2013-2014, California K-12 schools reported 22,746 student referrals to police and 9,540 student arrests
CA SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS
Over 280,000 California students are suspended from school each year, receiving minimal or no educational instruction while they are at home.
Over half of Black “young men who attend urban high schools do not earn a diploma. Of the dropouts, nearly 60 percent will go to prison at some point.”.