Solutions Not Suspensions promotes proven programs that equip teachers and school administrators with effective alternatives to suspensions. The Dignity in Schools Campaign and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign — which partnered with allies to launch the national campaign — provide tools to help districts and schools implement the moratorium and phase in positive alternatives. These include model school discipline policies and guidelines for school boards and other policymakers.
One exciting example of momentum in the local campaigns is Racial Justice Now’s success in achieving a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for Dayton, Ohio students in pre-K through third grade — and the expansion of restorative justice programs in Dayton schools. And they are shining a public spotlight on the unconscionable statistics as they push for a statewide moratorium. In October, 2014 during the DSC National Week of Action Against School Pushout, Racial Justice Now! released the first ever statewide School Discipline Report Card for Ohio, evaluating 1067 different school entities (including public districts, charter and Joint Vocational Schools) for overly punitive discipline practices and high rates of pushout. Over 90% of Ohio schools received failing grades based on the formula of looking at exclusions, subjective discipline, and racial disparity.