ending school to prison pipeline
Here you will find our campaigns' policy recommendations for Congress, and the Departments of Education and Justice to address the school-to-prison pipeline.
"I think that schools need to throw out the assumption that young people are all dangerous or a threat. They must work to understand the issues that students face every day whether it’s problems at home, learning difficulties, language barriers, experiencing bullying and discrimination. To accomplish this shift, both my high school and Chicago Public Schools need to prioritize training for teachers, students, staff, administration and parents ahead of this overemphasis on “zero tolerance” and school policing. Suspension and expulsion for non-violent offenses really do dismantle a student’s future."
The Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout will take place during the week of September 29 to October 6, 2012.Throughout the week, thousands of parents, students, educators and educations advocates will take part in student-led actions and events around the country to expose the school pushout crisis
On Monday, March 12, 2012 City Council will hold a special hearing on Zero Tolerance discipline policies. Youth United for Change, YASP and other community groups will be testifying about the negative impact of Zero Tolerance in youth's lives, schools, and communities.
Media Outreach 101, Part 1:
Thursday, January 26, 2012: 4-5:00pm PT/ 5-6:00pm MT/6-7:00pm CT/7-8:00pm ET
Documentary film premiere: Black Males Black Dreams: Climbing to the Mountain Top, produced by Susan Hynds, Larry Elin.
Join the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools on MLK Day for an expert panel of youth and adults and workshops that will give you concrete skills and steps you can take to reduce violence. Workshops will include:
The overuse of harsh zero-tolerance measures, police, and juvenile courts in addressing school disciplinary issues has led to the needless pushout and criminalization of countless youth across America. In response, a growing national movement has emerged to dismantle this School-to-Prison Pipeline.
On October 4, 2011, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Juvenile Justice of Louisiana (JJPL), Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Safe Schools Health Student Initiative, and Young Adults Striving for Success (YASS) hosted a call-to-action meeting to urge the citizens of the city of New Orleans to come together to end school push out.
Blocks Together Youth and Parents at Cameron Elementary Gear Up to Support New Restorative Justice Programsin
After completing a six session intensive summer workshop series on Restorative Justice principals and practices, Leopolda Villalobos, is not satisfied. "This was just a taste of what this new way of thinking is. I realize how this is not just about helping the kids but helping me to grow as a person and I would like to meet regularly and keep going."
Dignity in Schools Campaign Statement on the Council of State Governments Report on School Disciplinary Practices in Texasin
The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) commends the Council of State Governments (CSG) for its report on school disciplinary practices in Texas, and calls on other states across the country to make similar commitments to investigate the negative impacts of suspension and expulsion on students academic outcomes.
Over one hundred students, parents, and advocates gathered to speak at press conference and public hearing on high suspension rates, school pushout, and positive alternatives
VOYCE’s report, “Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance,” illustrates the true impact that harsh discipline policies have had on the educational experiences of CPS students, including the following:
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2011
Dignity in Schools / Alliance for Educational Justice
The police are among the most visible and visceral representatives of state power. In today’s society, their presence seems ubiquitous. They serve as the gatekeepers to the criminal legal system and play a critical role in feeding the prison industrial complex.
First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) and Project NIA
Miami Youth Speak out on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Power U Center for Social Change
For too many of our children, “school discipline” has meant getting suspended or expelled—starting as young as kindergarten—being arrested, even in grade school—and ending up on the streets or in jail—without an education.
COFI / POWER-PAC
Para la mayoría de nuestros niños, “la disciplina escolar” ha significado ser suspendido o expulsado— empezando tan joven como kindergarten—siendo arrestado, hasta en la primaria—y terminando en las calles o en la cárcel—sin una educación.
COFI / POWER-PAC
Dignity in Schools Car March - Youth Justice Coalition students and teachers, CADRE parents and advocates demonstrate in South LA and speak at a LAUSD Board Meeting to promote dignity in schools for LA youth.
What We Need for LA Schools!
1. School Police Reform
A. Collect and release data on all police contact with students
B. Decriminalize truancy - No tickets! No sweeps!
Dignity in Schools