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White Students Get Experienced Teachers, While Black Students Get Police In School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics

In America, the most rigorous classes, experienced teachers and moderate discipline practices tend to be reserved for white students, according to new...

The Education Practice That Is Costing Taxpayers Billions Of Dollars

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics

During the 2011-2012 school year, nearly 3.5 million public school students were given an out-of-school suspension at least once. Of that number, 1.55...

The Key To Reducing School Suspensions? Treat Kids With Empathy, Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

A little bit of empathy can go a long way. Students who get suspended from school are more likely to later drop out and face jail time. By making stud...

Why Schools Need To Learn More About Their Students Sexual Identities

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.28.2016 | Queer Voices

Evidence suggests that LGBT students get punished more harshly in school, but researchers have no idea how far this problem reaches. A new policy bri...

School Discipline Is a Big Issue, But That Headline Is Not Helping Anyone

Erika Sanzi | Posted 03.18.2016 | Education
Erika Sanzi

Perhaps it was written to be clickbait, but the New York Times put a pot-stirring headline on a story that has quickly reignited a tiresome and seemin...

U.N. Experts Seem Horrified By How American Schools Treat Black Children

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices

American schools are hotbeds for racial discrimination, according to a preliminary report from a group of United Nations experts. The U.N.'s Working ...

There Were 57,000 Incidents Of Educators Beating Black Children In One Year

Brookings Institution | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

As we recently celebrated Dr. King’s life, it is worth examining the difference in how our schools discipline black and white children. In public sc...

Which School Districts in Illinois Have the Highest Rate of Suspensions, Expulsions?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.16.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Getting suspended or expelled from school are usually top punishments for misbehaving students, but some Illinois school districts use them more often than others.

An Epidemic Of Questionable Arrests By School Police

The Center for Public Integrity | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

By Susan Ferriss Editors' note: This story was reported in collaboration with The California Report, a production of KQED Public Radio. SAN BERNARDINO...

California Has Become A Nationwide Leader In Better School Discipline Practices

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.07.2015 | 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 UCLA's...

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 06.16.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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...