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Cradle to School to Prison Pipeline

Simplistic Quick Fixes Won't Stop the School to Prison Pipeline

John Thompson | Posted 08.11.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

We educators must be honest with ourselves and own up to the role that poor instruction, stereotypical attitudes, and unrealistic policies play in damaging poor children of color.

Back to School and the Prison Pipeline

Jason Silverstein | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education
Jason Silverstein

As the school year begins, so does the National Education Association's "Solutions Not Suspensions" initiative to combat the dramatic racial disparities in school punishments.

Pushing Children Out of School -- A New American Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Every time a child is excluded from school by adults or is chronically absent without any actions to determine why, we are failing the child and undercutting the importance of education. Hundreds of years after Americans first made that connection, what will it take for us to get it again today?

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.