Education students at Northern Arizona University believe the best way to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline is before it gets started—at the schools of education that train tomorrow’s teachers.
Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
Zero tolerance and other exclusionary school discipline policies are pushing kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates. Too many students are lost to our communities this way. Disciplined at disproportionate rates and with heightened severity for minor infractions that used to warrant a trip to the principal’s office, students of color are most impacted.
Positive approaches to discipline (also called restorative practices) result in improved school climates and increased educational opportunities. Where implemented well, they work –preserving a students’ opportunity to education, empowering educators with tools to address student issues and connect, and building trust in the school community.
When every student has a right to a quality education, to be treated with dignity, and to be provided with the opportunity to learn, students, educators and communities win.
Sign the pledge to shut down the school to prison pipeline.
“I always had rapport with my students, but I realized I was too quick to put students out of my classroom and into the pipeline.”
“We’d be much further ahead in doing what’s best for our students, particularly students of color, if we could separate the notion that school safety and school policing are one and the same.”
School is back in session. But the impact of chilling, yet familiar news that punctuated the summer in early July hasn’t dissipated. It has followed my students and me into the classroom.
State and local spending on prisons and jails has grown three times as much as spending on K-12 public schools over the past three decades.
Today Education Votes is reporting a follow up to a story that we told you about last week focusing on Mississippi educator Kevin Gilbert, who took part in a community-based discussion with educators, parents, and community and elected leaders about ending a national epidemic known as the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline is primarily putting students of color behind bars for minor school infractions and disciplinary matters.
Zero tolerance and other exclusionary school discipline policies, which were supposed to make schools safer, have done more harm than good—pushing kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates, according to new research released today.
Years ago, James Duran didn’t think too much before suspending students who came to his office with stories of swearing at teachers, disrupting class, or even arriving late to school.
- Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools: A Guide for Educators
- Let Her Learn: A Tool Kit to Stop School Push Out for Girls of Color
- A Model Code on Education and Dignity
- Model Code Comparison Tool
- Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality: A Guide for District and School Teams
- Lessons in Racial Justice and Building a Movement: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally
- Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members
- Taking Restorative Practices School-Wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver