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School to Prison Pipeline

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 Wo...

Jailing Kids? We Can Do Better

ACLU of Washington | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
ACLU of Washington

On any given day, more than 60,000 children are locked up in our nation's juvenile facilities. Whether it's an urban jail or a rural boot camp, the results are the same.

Real reform only possible through prison education

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 01.27.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Every week, it seems, we hear a little bit more about the sweeping reforms needed to fix America's broken criminal justice system. Even the U.S. gove...

Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 01.24.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

The emergence of the school-to-prison pipeline has been impacted by trends in school disciplinary practices and zero tolerance policies. It is our challenge to dismantle this pipeline and create new pipelines to success for all children. In order to undertake in this endeavor, we must first become knowledgeable on this contemporary civil rights issue.

5 Reasons Mental Health Is a Hidden Civil Rights Issue

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

In January, we celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in his memory, we reflect on the civil rights victories achieved an...

Minority Students With Disabilities Fast-Tracked to Prison: Activist Leroy Moore, Jr. Talks Solutions

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 01.06.2016 | Education
Kathleen Kiley

The prison-to-pipeline problem won't be solved overnight, but there are strategies parents, schools, advocacy groups and government authorities are trying to implement to protect students living with disabilities.

Standing in Solidarity: A Faith-Rooted Call to Action With and for Black Women and Girls

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Together, we can stand in solidarity, striding to a faith-filled future of freedom from sexism, freedom to live into an economy that values that worth and work of black women and girls.

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 Publi...

Guinea Pigs in an Urban Laboratory

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 12.02.2015 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

I talk to Carla Shedd about her new book, Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice in Chicago.

The Spectrum of Educational Trauma

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Current methods of education, and evaluating academic achievement, are causing long-term damage to people and communities, with the greatest impact occurring in people of color, and in low-income areas.

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 ...

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.

An Open Letter to Every Teacher Who Has Told a Student to Put Away a Cell Phone

Sally Lee | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sally Lee

In the wake of the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, in lunchrooms and teachers' lounges across the country, many educators reacted with shock that any teacher would call security for such a commonplace, modern-day classroom struggle as "Put away your cell phone."

The Week After the #SpringValleyHigh Incident: When a Student Won't Leave the Classroom

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.02.2015 | Education
Franchesca Warren

How could we get upset with students about electronic devices when we (teachers) did not follow proper etiquette while using them?

Students Protest Firing Of Spring Valley High School Officer

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices

Students at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, left their classes on Friday to protest the firing of Ben Fields, a former resourc...

Disturbing Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What has happened to our national intelligence, not to mention our national values? In the era of cellphone accountability, our lack thereof has a new poster boy: Officer Slam. Throw the insolent kid across the floor, break her arm if necessary, slap her in cuffs.

Drop the Charges Against the Students in Spring Valley High School

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

We must engender a culture that recognizes the humanity of black girls rather than tolerating a society that uses violence and discrimination to obliterate them. Drop the charges against the children in Spring Valley High School, they have been unduly punished enough.

What the Video of the South Carolina School Incident Tells Us

Byron Garrett | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Byron Garrett

As an officer of the law, this detective took an oath which he not only violated but soiled the very intention behind having school resource officers in the first place.

Is This What School Safety Looks Like? Because It's Terrifying.

Nicole Kief | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Nicole Kief

What reportedly happened in that Spring Valley classroom is a prime example of the consequences of having a routine police presence in schools.

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.

The Assault At Spring Valley High Shows The School-To-Prison Pipeline In Action

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices

An incident this week in which a police officer was filmed roughly hurling a student to the ground is only one piece of a larger problem that disprop...

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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