Creating Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates
Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, this document details eight civil rights principles that should be incorporated into any school climate legislation in order to ensure a safe, healthy, and inclusive learning environment for all pre-K-12 students. The principles include ensuring the rights of students; implementing comprehensive and supportive discipline practices; addressing childhood trauma; enhancing protections against harassment and discrimination in schools; ensuring accountability through comprehensive data collection; investing in school infrastructure that supports a positive school climate; eliminating school-based law enforcement; and eliminating threats to students’ health and safety.
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