A Youth Mandate for Presidential Candidates: Permanently Dismantle the School-to-Prison-and-Deportation-Pipeline

Parents Across America endorses the Youth Mandate for Presidential Candidates, found here.

Through this endorsement, Parents Across America joins over 130 organizations nationwide who are demanding an end to practices and policies that infringe on the civil rights of students of color, disabled students, and LGBTQ+ youth and funnel them into the criminal legal system.

We’re asking presidential candidates to commit to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, ending the privatization of our public schools, and ensuring civil rights protections for our nation’s youth. Please join us as we stand up for the right for every student to be able to learn in a safe and nurturing school environment.

From the Center for Popular Democracy’s Youth Mandate for Presidential Candidates:

“Young people across the country demand the next president permanently dismantle the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline. The following guidelines outline the minimum policies required to reach that end.

I. Fund education, not incarceration
A. Divest all federal funds from police and criminalizing infrastructure in schools. End programs that militarize schools.
B. Invest federal funding in effective non-punitive school climate strategies such as restorative justice, mental health supports, and hiring counselors and social workers.
C. Fully fund Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

II. Restore and strengthen the civil rights of students
A. Fully fund and staff the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Ensure that those who hired understand disparate impact analysis and evaluate systemic violations of civil rights.
B. Strengthen and re-issue civil rights guidance for students of color, students with disabilities, immigrant students, female students, and transgender students.

III. Uplift public education; end the private takeover of schools
A. End federal funding for charter schools and voucher programs.
B. Moratorium on Charter Expansion.
C. Fund the Expansion of Community Schools.”

If you’d like to know more about The Center for Popular Democracy and their efforts in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, please go to their website and blog, found here.

See the Alliance for Educational Justice’s call to action for police-free schools here.

If you’d like information on Dignity in Schools’ ‘Counselors Not Cops’ campaign, please click here.

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