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School to Prison Pipeline

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police

Harold Jordan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Harold Jordan

Funding for school policing programs has expanded and more school-based police are being armed with the same weapons cops carry on the streets. This expansion has not come with significant strings attached or proper guidelines.

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

Alan Singer | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 ...