Tell D.C. councilmembers to vote YES on the "Student Fair Access to School Act!"
TAKE ACTION NOW
On Tuesday, April 10, the D.C. Council will vote on the "Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017." This important bill addresses discrimination in our school disciplinary practices that exclude students from the classroom, interfere with their right to a quality education, and contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
The SFAFSA establishes parameters to ensure student safety and access to education by, among other things, placing limits on the use of suspensions and expulsions for behaviors that do not pose a safety or emotional distress concern and requiring schools to develop transparent and evidenced-based discipline policies.
Protects students from harmful, ineffective punishments that do not address the disability, poverty, or trauma that may hinder their performance in school.
Protects students of color who face discriminatory policies and are suspended or disciplined more often than their white counterparts, often for the same behavior. (Black students are suspended at eight times the rate of their white peers and Latinx students are almost three times as likely to be suspended.)
Protects children with disabilities who are suspended more often for behavior directly caused by their disability.
Empowers educators to keep their classrooms safe and remove violent students that pose a real danger to others.
What do I do after I email? Attend the first vote on SFAFSA bill on Tuesday, April 10 at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 500.
Phil Mendelson, Chairman, DC Council
Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1 Councilmember
Jack Evans, Ward 2 Councilmember
Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Councilmember
Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember
Kenyon McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilmember
Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember
Vincent Gray, Ward 7 Councilmember
Trayon White, Sr., Ward 8 Councilmember
Robert C. White, Jr, At-large Councilmember
Anita Bonds, At-large Councilmember
David Grosso, At-large Councilmember
Elissa Silverman, At-large Councilmember