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School to Prison Pipeline

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline That's Destroying Our Kids

The Foundation Boys | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
The Foundation Boys

No child in our culture should be written off as a lost cause, not by a teacher and not by the system in general, but that's what is happening day in and day out, in schools across the United States.

Rebecca Klein

The Racial Groups Facing The Biggest Barriers To Success In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

From birth, the average black child in America is at a relative disadvantage, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday. Wh...

The Political Rise of Restorative Justice

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
Molly Rowan Leach

Restorative justice, realized in many states and localities as a new framework, views and responds to youth crime with a different lens.

Joy Resmovits

American Schools Are STILL Racist, Government Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

Public school students of color get more punishment and less access to veteran teachers than their white peers, according to surveys released Friday b...

America's Persistent Struggle to Love Black Youth

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Black children are presently under continual assault by well-maintained practices of white racial domination and exclusion, resulting in the marginalization of Africans and African Americans into adulthood. These children are under attack physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Joy Resmovits

1 In 4 Black Students With Disabilities Suspended From School

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices

A so-called school-to-prison pipeline flows from school discipline that lands disproportionately on students with disabilities and students of color, ...

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Asphyxiating Education

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Just like the disastrous No Child Left Behind Act of the Bush era, in whose wake it follows, it's all about testing and uniform standards and the "rigorous" evaluation of schools and teachers; and it's clueless about the nature of childhood development, not to mention reality.

Saki Knafo

Teen Handcuffed For Cutting In Line In School Cafeteria?

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

In some schools, students who cut in line at the cafeteria might be scolded or sent to a guidance counselor. In Wake County, N.C., they risk getting h...

Beyond Our Broken Dreams

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Robert Koehler

Something beyond the insane dance of crime and punishment is happening, at least this year, this moment, in Chicago's high schools. Young people are getting a chance to excel and become themselves, as more and more schools find and embrace common sense, also known as restorative justice.

Is Race Discrimination in School Discipline a Real Problem?

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

With the rise of law enforcement in our schools, the proliferation of zero-tolerance policies, and misuse of exclusionary school discipline, our nation's school discipline policies are fueling the school-to-prison pipeline by pushing children out of school.

Obama Administrations Aims To Combat 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long sai...

Zero-Tolerance Policies May Do The Exact Opposite Of Their Purpose

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Zero-tolerance policies in schools may have zero point. That's the conclusion of a recent report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit ce...

Bronx Schools Reduce Policing and Suspensions With Support From Parents

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Dinu Ahmed

On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.

Texas Police Asked To Stop Using Tasers On Young Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

After a November altercation between a law enforcement officer and a high school student left the student in a coma, civil rights groups are urging th...

Latino Students in Pennsylvania Face a Serious Problem

Michaela Pommells | Posted 01.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Pennsylvania's public school system is becoming a training ground for a life in prison. This trend does not look to be slowing down.

Why Everyone Should Learn From One Florida School District

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 11.05.2013 | Miami

MIAMI -- MIAMI (AP) — One of the nation's largest school districts has reached an agreement with law enforcement agencies and the NAACP to reduce th...

Church Partnerships Working to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

The school-to-prison pipeline is real, and as people of faith we have a responsibility to protect the dreams and futures of the most vulnerable among us -- our children.

Joy Resmovits

Inside The Boot Camp For Cops Charged With Keeping Our Schools Safe

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The same week protests erupted around the nation over the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon...

Have the Darkest Moments Passed?

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

The undervaluing of black lives and race-based hate crimes remain a critical issue. How can a people be truly free if they are dehumanized, and even killed, because of their race, and often without consequence?

Restorative Justice Is on the Rise

Molly Rowan Leach | Posted 09.22.2013 | Crime
Molly Rowan Leach

Restorative Justice is not about excusing crime or letting people off the hook. It's not about forcing forgiveness or even about forgiveness per se. What Restorative Justice is makes it the most powerful answer to the justice predicament that we've yet seen.

Breaking the School-to-Prison Cycle

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Though all people are genetically predisposed, it is ultimately the environment that encompasses the formative years that shapes lives. Some of that c...

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

Desmond Meade | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Desmond Meade

That disfranchisement and marginalization of returning citizens, who are stripped of their right to vote and right to serve on a jury, was involved in the verdict should outrage every Floridian and every American.

Zimmerman Verdict Is a Clarion Call for the Nation to Grapple With Racial Injustice

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

The movement must not stop with this verdict but continue on not only until each and every young man of color in America can walk the streets in any of our nation's neighborhoods unafraid, knowing not only that he is safe, but also that as a nation we no longer tolerate the unfairness facing them but will ensure opportunities to thrive.