Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Why Zero Tolerance is Not the Solution to Bullying

June 22, 2012

The Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) is a national alliance of youth organizing and intergenerational groups working for educational justice. AEJ aims to bring grassroots groups together to bring about changes in federal education policy, build a national infrastructure for the education justice sector, and build the capacity of our organizations and our youth leaders to sustain and grow the progressive movement over the long haul. AEJ’s current campaigns focus on ending the school to prison pipeline by increasing funding for community and youth led solutions to improving school culture, an end to school closings in low income communities of color, and we are building a movement towards the creation of a National Student Bill of Rights. See www.allianceforeducationaljustice.org for more information. Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national youth leadership organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools by training student leaders and supporting student-led Gay-Straight Alliance clubs throughout the country. In California alone, GSA Network has brought GSA clubs to 56% of public high schools, impacting more than 1.1 million students at 880 schools. GSA Network’s youth advocates have played a key role in changing laws and policies that impact youth at the local and state level. GSA Network operates the National Association of GSA Networks, which unites 37 statewide networks of GSA clubs throughout the country. GSA Network is also the founder of the Make It Better Project, which aims to stop bullying and prevent suicide. See www.gsanetwork.org for more information.

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