Putting young people in jail – particularly for nonviolent offenses – is a failed strategy, according to a new report from the Annie E.
Fair and Just School Climate
Talk about a pipeline to prison.
In a new study released Wednesday, Daniel Losen, a senior education law and policy associate at UCLA's Civil Rights Project, traces the educational consequences of harsh disciplinary measures that are doled out unevenly to students of color.
The overuse of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and school-based arrests across has pushed many youths -- especially those of color -- out of school and into jail. The Advancement Project’s action kit is intended to help parents, youth, advocates and educators address the school-to-prison pipeline so they can create better learning environments. Read more>.
The Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, and the Public Education and Policy Fund of New York, bring attention to the Buffalo, N.Y., public school district's strict out-of-school suspension practices for non-violent offenses. In citing statistics that show out-of-school suspensions have significant educational consequences, the report urges the district to adopt a “restorative justice” alternative that would keep students in schools.
Findings from a multi-year study of discipline records for nearly 1 million Texas students show that the majority of them were suspended or expelled between seventh to 12th grade. A not-surprising corollary finding: When students are suspended or expelled, the likelihood that they will repeat a grade, not graduate, and/or become involved in the juvenile justice system increases significantly. For more on the groundbreaking report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University.
The student-led Voices of Youth in Chicago Education recently compiled a cost-analysis that shows how enforcing and administering zero tolerance policies costing taxpayers and examines the damaging effects of the Chicago public school system’s disciplinary policies on students and schools. In the report, “Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance,” VOYCE writes that such harsh policies are “based on the fear that young people of color are future criminals, not the hope that we will be future leaders.”
Pushed Out was researched and written by members of Youth United for Change's Pushout Chapter; a group of out-of-school youth and students in alternative schools. The report offers a youth perspective on the dropout crisis as well as recommendations to increase Philadelphia's graduation rate.
Analysis Finds Dramatic Spike in NYC Suspensions: Black Children and Students with Special Needs Most Affected