Zero suspensions for ‘willful defiance’ at Eastside schools.

School Climate Bill of Rights in 2013: For more than a decade, our student and parents leaders challenged the district’s zero tolerance policies that resulted in school-push out and poor academic performance. As a member of the Brothers, Sons, Selves coalition, we were the first community organizers to successfully ensure the elimination of “willful defiance” as grounds for suspensions in a California school district through the “School Climate Bill of Rights” win. As a result of our resolution, we soon saw dramatic decreases in suspensions, increases in average daily attendance and remarkable improvements in academic achievement. This landmark victory soon became a statewide and national model for breaking the school to prison pipeline. In 2019 with the Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) Coalition, InnerCity Struggle helped to win a statewide ban on “willful defiance” suspensions.