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School Suspensions

California Has Become A Nationwide Leader In Better School Discipline Practices

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

California is leading the way in making sure that young kids don't get pushed out of school for minor misbehavior.  A new study out Monday from ...

Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Here's an idea for the adults who oversee our public schools: Let's stop beating up schoolchildren, pepper-spraying them, tossing them out of the classroom, and jailing them for doing the normal things kids do.

Black Girls and the Police State Menace

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

From high-achieving older students to the tiniest students just starting out, black girls are criminalized at every step of their school careers. While white children are given the social and cultural space to "just be kids" black children must always toe the line of respectability or risk detention, assault and/or death.

Randi and Eva: Stop Suspending Our Babies!

Reggie Harris | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Reggie Harris

The best action that either of you can take for Black kids is to decide to stop suspending them now. Commit to the hard work of being creative in finding new restorative justice models. Support organizations that truly consist of the people that they are supposed to help.

This Is Where Students Get Suspended From School The Most

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

The likelihood that a student will get suspended from school may have a lot to do with their geographic location. The U.S. Department of Education on ...

The Criminalization of Black Children in McKinney, Texas, and Schools Across America

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

This kind of police overreaction to the perceived misbehavior of black children is happening every day across America - not just on the streets but in our schools.

A Revolution in Education -- Don't Read This

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

It's a perfect world, I have to admit. And I know that at some time in my life I became an optimist. After all, you can never create a negative impression for an optimist. Just try it.

Christina Wilkie

New Senate Bill Aims To Reduce School Suspensions | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As members of the Senate hurried out of town Wednesday ahead of a major snowstorm, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) quietly introduced a bill that...

Rebecca Klein

Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teac...

Rebecca Klein

Meet The Student Photographers Documenting The School-To-Prison Pipeline | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.05.2014 | Black Voices

In Washington, D.C.'s public schools, African-American students are almost six times as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white classmates. ...

'Breaking Bad' Candy Got These Elementary Students Suspended

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents

Two brothers were suspended from their Albuquerque, New Mexico, elementary school this week after bringing in rock candy resembling the so-called Blue...

Parents Sue Ohio District For Allegedly Targeting Black Students

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices

CINCINNATI (AP) — The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos and targeted because of race sued...

With Eye Toward Equity, Schools Rethink Discipline

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

With the share of white students falling and Latino students rising, school suspension and expulsion figures in the United States risk hitting new highs, unless more districts tackle their discipline policies head on.

Teachers May Not Want To Reduce Number Of Out-Of-School Suspensions: Survey

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

Many school superintendents say they want to reduce the numbers of school suspensions for students, but teachers may be standing in their way. A ne...

How School Suspensions Can Punish You For A Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Black Voices

“My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3,” headlined one mother’s recent article in the Washington Post that helped kindle the conversati...

The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten, Mother Points Out

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

An essay that appeared recently in The Washington Post has brought renewed attention to discipline disparities taking place across all school levels, ...

My Son Has Been Suspended Five Times. He's 3

The Washington Post | Tunette Powell | Posted 07.24.2014 | Black Voices

I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension becau...

This Is What Discrimination In Schools Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

A recent guide from The National School Board Association (NSBA) on how to ensure student success includes an explainer on the reasons why students of...

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

What's Next, Arrest in the Womb? Black Students Under Fire

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The quick-trigger suspension and expulsion of black students from schools at the drop of a dime has reached down into preschools and preconditioned far too many teachers and principals to regard black children as classroom dangers.

Rethinking School Discipline for Better Opportunities

Kavitha Mediratta | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Kavitha Mediratta

Studies show that African-American students were three times more likely to be suspended than white students during the 2009-10 school year, largely for nonviolent offenses.

Bronx Schools Reduce Policing and Suspensions With Support From Parents

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Dinu Ahmed

On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.

A Renaissance for School Violence

Marc Epstein | Posted 09.22.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

While all eyes have been focused on the "stop and frisk" debate in New York, hardly any attention has been paid to the rewriting of school discipline procedures. When it comes to anti-social behavior, zero tolerance is out and therapeutic intervention is in.

Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

How a Community Play Inspired Sacramento Schools to Tackle Discriminatory Discipline Issues

Jane Ellen Stevens | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Jane Ellen Stevens

ZERO, an innovative play in which White threw out questions to the audience between acts, distills the real stories and the real emotions behind the numbers in Sacramento.