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School to Prison Pipeline

It Isn't the Athletes; It's the Educators

Julia Craven | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 ...

Rebecca Klein

These Are The Barriers Black Girls Face In School

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

When Georgia high school student Tiambrya Jenkins was in ninth grade, the teen, who is black, got into a fight with a white classmate. Both girls were...

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

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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...