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School to Prison Pipeline

Arne Duncan's Proposal To Redirect Incarceration Funds To Education Is Right On The Money

Johanna Wald | Posted 10.09.2015 | Education
Johanna Wald

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed to redirect $15 billion from correctional facilities toward increasing teachers' salaries in high poverty schools. It is both practical and eminently plausible. And with the right kind of leadership and advocacy, it might even become probable.

Building Positive Relationships to Break the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
Alex M. Johnson

Fostering a positive learning environment requires investing time and resources. One important investment is a meaningful process for students, parents, educators, school staff, and others in the school community to shape and make decisions about school discipline based on the specific needs of their community.

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Through Restorative Justice

Fania E. Davis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices
Fania E. Davis

Our schools are creating pipelines to violence and incarceration instead of pathways to opportunity and success. Once ensnared, it's hard to escape from the system; juvenile incarceration is the strongest predictor of adult incarceration.

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

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Why Leroy Moore, Jr. Has No Time for Small Talk

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

When I first met Black activist and writer, Leroy Moore, Jr., I was working on a documentary. I soon came to realize he was not a man who engaged in small talk - he was too busy trying to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Education Secretary: Want To Save On Prisons? Spend More On Schools.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will add to the renewed focus on criminal justice reform with a speech Wednesday afternoon calling on state a...

Cultural Imperatives

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one is searching for a window of opportunity, hoping to ride a groundswell of support, or participating in an established grassroots movement, the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of its potential can never be underestimated.

Dear Ahmed Mohamed: I Know What You're Going Through

Kiera Wilmot | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Kiera Wilmot

I'm not worried about Ahmed's record because of all the support he has behind him. What I'm worried about is that he has three more years of high school -- three more years of hate and shade from students. Ahmed, if you're reading this, I want you to know that from this you can make a change.

Stop Criminalizing Children of Color for Being Children

Heather Hamel | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Hamel

It would be easy to characterize Ahmed Mohamed's arrest as a "bizarre aberration." One could imagine chalking it up to "crazy Texas," or worse, victim blaming. We should avoid such decontexualizations that disregard the importance of Ahmed's arrest. It didn't happen in a vacuum.

Feeling the Bern: Sanders Is an Advocate for LGBTQ Issues

Daniel Kort | Posted 09.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

An intersectional look into the Sanders campaign's core issues undoubtedly sets him apart as an optimal candidate for the wellbeing of LGBTQ Americans. Despite stereotypes about affluence in the LGBTQ community, class issues disproportionately affect the demographic.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Institutional Racism

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

The school-to-prison pipeline is a no-nonsense trend in American education, where children are directed straight from the classroom and into the bureaucratic clutches of the criminal justice system.

School May Be Starting, But That Doesn't Mean Parents Stop Teaching

Frida Berrigan | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I am in countdown mode. In just one week, Seamus Philip Berrigan Sheehan-Gaumer starts school. That's right, our 3-year-old will matriculate at The Friendship School in Waterford, Connecticut from about 9:30 in the morning until 3:00 p.m. five days a week. Yikes!

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

How to Give Students a Chance at the Game

Ingrid Ellerbe | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ingrid Ellerbe

Before we so simply make the decision that a child is in despair and "just can't do the work" we should consider the work that we are giving them. Is it empowering or is rote? Is it meaningful or is it memorization? Is it motivational or is it drudgery? We have the choice to make learning exceptional which leads to creating exceptional students. And, when our students win, we win.

Black Students In The U.S. Get Criminalized While White Students Get Treatment

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

When black and white kids act up or display troubling behavior at schools, teachers and administrators often address it with differing responses spli...

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 ...

Rebecca Klein

How Denver Is Trying To Dismantle The School-To-Prison Pipeline | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school d...

What the Liberal Arts Did for Me

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.25.2015 | College
Victor M. Feraru

Several years ago, driving down Friendly Avenue, in Greensboro, North Carolina, my mother pointed to Guilford College and said, "You will go there." H...

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.

40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black And Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.

Rebecca Klein

Native American Students In Utah Are Getting Pushed Out Of School At Alarming Rates | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

Native American students in Utah may be getting referred to law enforcement agencies before they even know how to read. Fifty-five Native American...

Zero Tolerance

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!

Rebecca Klein

Why One School Board Member In Utah Has Started Wearing A Sombrero To Meetings | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.13.2015 | Latino Voices

A school board member in Salt Lake City believes his fellow elected officials have unfairly singled him out because he is the board’s only Hispanic ...

Christina Wilkie

Justice Department Investigates Texas Prosecution Of Children For Truancy | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is investigating whether truancy courts in Dallas County, Texas, deny due process to juveniles charged with fa...

It's Not Just Ferguson

Karen Dolan | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong. A democratic society that purports "freedom and justice for all" can't coexist with one that profiles and criminalizes poor people and communities of color.