Broward Agreement on School Discipline
Years of advocacy to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline have geared fruit for the the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward NAACP, led by President Marsha Ellison. After reforming their Code of Student Conduct earlier this year and initiating their innovative PROMISE intervention program, stakeholders have signed a groundbreaking Collaborative School Discipline Agreement. Inspired by the work in Clayton County, GA, Denver and other hot spots in the movement, these reforms are set to become a model for other districts in Florida and across the nation. This approach to reform is groundbreaking in that it: Comprehensively and directly addresses the School-to-Prison Pipeline (including suspensions, expulsions & arrests); Recognizes the racial justice issues inherent in the School-to-Prison Pipeline and seeks to address them; Includes a broad group of stake holders, including parents, teachers and community leaders; Replaced out-of-school suspensions with an innovative program to hold students accountable more effectively, by getting to the root cause of behavior issues and keeping them on track academically; Coincided with an investment in interventions and effective, school-based support for students who are suspended for more serious issues; Revitalized their shared data collection processes so that they can monitor issues as they arise. These victories would never have been possible without the determined, community driven advocacy of the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward NAACP. Advancement Project is incredibly proud to have worked with them throughout this process and to stand with our partners as youth in Broward return to classrooms that have a renewed commitment to common sense school discipline.