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School to Prison Pipeline

Students Tell Mayor de Blasio, Turn Off the Metal Detectors!

Alan Singer | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The existence of the metal detectors is a constant irritant to the Black and Latino students who attend these schools, a repeated statement about their second-class educational citizenship, and a reminder of police repression of minority youth and the school-to-prison-pipeline that infects American society.

Black History Month Is a Time to Reckon With Police Bias Against African-Americans and Latinos

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

In view of these difficult realties, we want to use Black History Month as a time to remember all struggles for black and Latino civil rights, so it serves as a moment not only to reflect but also to mobilize by demanding justice for Jessica, Aiyana and Orta and all black and Latino lives.

Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline: Why Education Is the Liberation of Black Youth

Jonathan Stith | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Jonathan Stith

In order to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and end the mentacide of Black youth, we need a radical transformation.

The Bus to Rikers Island

TNTP | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
TNTP

We must redouble our commitment to ensuring that all young people experience strong attachments in school -- and fair school discipline policies -- so we can reduce the risk that they'll ever have to take that terrifying (and life-altering) bus ride to Rikers.

Have Crime and Punishment Gone Too Far in the American Public Schools?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.29.2015 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Roughly 1,500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.

Rebecca Klein

Lawsuit Alleges Officers In Birmingham Schools Sprayed Hundreds Of Students With Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.22.2015 | Crime

Every day in Birmingham, Alabama, students run the risk of being sprayed with a dangerous chemical weapon just by attending school, according to attor...

L.A.'s Shockingly Archaic Treatment Of Its Juvenile Offenders

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 01.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Jacqueline Caster

L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.

Black Girls With Dark Skin 3 Times More Likely To Be Suspended Than Black Girls With Light Skin

The New York Times | TANZINA VEGA | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

For all the attention placed on problems that black boys face in terms of school discipline and criminal justice, there is increasing focus on the way...

It Isn't the Athletes; It's the Educators

Julia Craven | Posted 01.10.2015 | Black Voices
Julia Craven

African-American men definitely function at lower reading levels than their peers -- male or female. And it is because the education system doesn't teach them how to read. You can't treat the problem without acknowledging its origins.

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. ...

School to Prison Pipeline: Reading Abilities Matter

Franchesca Warren | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

If we see that students are continually failing, what good do grades do to that student? All they see is failure. Shouldn't we go to a skills-based report that identifies the real issues the students have, not how many points they need to pass?

For Black Students the School to Prison Pipeline Is in Higher Gear Than Ever

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

School officials defend their quick resort to call in the school or city police with the claim that black students do commit more serious offenses than other students. There's nothing to support this.

Why Many Inner City Schools Function Like Prisons

Alan Singer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

I've come to realize that Common Core and its high-stakes assessments are just another piece in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Detroit Student Suspended For Rest Of The Year Over Pocketknife Found In Purse

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

A Detroit-area high school has suspended an honors student for the rest of the school year over a pocketknife the student says she had by accident. ...

Green Haven Correctional Facility - When School and Society Fails

Alan Singer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The euphemistically named Green Haven Correctional Facility that is not really designed to "correct" anybody is the last stop on the school-to-prison pipeline for many men.

He Was A Troubled Kid Who Needed Help. Instead, The State Sent Him To Jail.

The Marshall Project | Dana Goldstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Crime

On Feb. 27, 2013, 17-year-old Junior Smith was summoned to the front office of his Philippi, West Virginia, high school. It was eighth period, just a ...

Rebecca Klein

These Are The Barriers Black Girls Face In School

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

When Georgia high school student Tiambrya Jenkins was in ninth grade, the teen, who is black, got into a fight with a white classmate. Both girls were...

US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Three weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the CERD published a scathing report detailing how the U.S. has failed to fulfill its legal obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Since the U.S. ratified this treaty, it is part of U.S. law.

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...

Time to Fix the Real "Broken Windows"

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

I actually like the "broken window" theory, which is one reason I am marching on August 23, I just think the theory is being seriously misapplied. It is long past time to fix the real broken windows in our society that have victimized many but especially African American men.

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, ...

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

Criminal U: America's Most Successful Institution Educating the Poor

Mike Green | Posted 09.07.2014 | Black Voices
Mike Green

Solutions. Change. Hope. These are the words that Bolsinger, a recovering alcoholic, focuses on daily. He saw the flood of the school-to-prison pipeline first-hand. He also saw the raw talent and skills in the men who wore matching clothes with "inmate" stamped across their chest.