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

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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.

The Promise of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Morris Dees | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Morris Dees

On this day, let us remember that the march for justice is not over. Our nation is again deeply divided. And there are many who continue to suffer because of deeply embedded bigotry and hate.

From Disability to Criminality In One Infographic

Colorlines | Erin Zipper and Julianne Hing | Posted 06.18.2014 | Black Voices

Editor’s note: Our series “Life Cycles of Inequity” explores the ways in which inequity impacts the lives of black men. Each month, we focus on ...

Kiera Wilmot, Teen Arrested In Botched Science Experiment, Haunted By Felony Record

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.30.2014 | Black Voices

Last May, the saga of Kiera Wilmot, a Florida high school student who was arrested and expelled after a science experiment exploded, put a spotlight o...

Race, Disability And The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Colorlines | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices

Editor’s note: Our series “Life Cycles of Inequity” explores the ways in which inequity impacts the lives of black men. Each month, we focus on ...

2nd-Grader Says He Was Handcuffed After Getting In Verbal Altercation At School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.02.2014 | Parents

A second-grader in Kansas City, Missouri, says he was handcuffed at school after getting into a verbal scuffle with his classmates. Kalyb Primm Wi...

This Is What Discrimination In Schools Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

A recent guide from The National School Board Association (NSBA) on how to ensure student success includes an explainer on the reasons why students of...

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

The Foundation Boys | Posted 06.08.2014 | 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 05.26.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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.