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Communities In Schools Issues Response to School Safety Commission Report

Report Addresses Mental Health & School Climate, Recommends Rescinding School Discipline Guidance

By Communities In Schools Dec. 18, 2018

Communities In Schools (CIS), the national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future,  today issued a statement in response to a final report released by the Federal Commission on School Safety (the Commission). The Commission was formed to study issues of school safety and make recommendations to keep students safe at school.  

“Communities In Schools welcomes the report’s focus on school climate and access to mental healthcare,” said CIS President and CEO Dale Erquiaga. “We are pleased to see the emphasis on prevention through positive relationships with adults and peers and social-emotional learning. Forty years of experience and our research demonstrate clearly that these efforts improve school connectedness and students’ belief that education has value for their lives. We hope that Congress will provide resources for schools to implement these important initiatives in the budget for fiscal year 2020."

Erquiaga added, “However, we are extremely disappointed by the recommendation that the U.S. Department of Education rescind guidance on school discipline that, among other things, protects the civil rights of students of color. The current guidance includes important federal guardrails that help teachers and schools address biases and administer discipline fairly.  

We are mindful that overwhelming data shows deep racial disparities in school discipline rates which must be addressed if all students are to feel safe and supported at school. Unless efforts to improve school safety are accompanied by efforts to reduce these disparities, all students cannot and will not feel safe while at school. We join many of our partners in strongly urging the Commission to reconsider this recommendation." 

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.