School Climate Policy Reform in California

CDF-CA is a member of the Fix School Discipline-Policy Coalition (FSD-PC), a statewide coalition of organizations that work to improve school discipline policies and practices in California’s schools. We work together to ensure that school climate protections and supports for both students and school staff exist at both the state and local levels.

In the last few years the FSD-PC has built awareness about the effective school climate practices that should replace the punitive approaches that do not work, as well as helped pass laws that ensure students have access to effective alternatives to suspensions; prohibit students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade for being suspended for willful defiance (a subjective cause for low-level behavior that is often overused), and ensure schools promptly re-enroll students coming back from the juvenile justice system, for example.