Fair and Just School Climate

John Jackson and Diane Ravitch: Public Schools and the Common Good (Part 2)

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-08-16

Education historian Diane Ravitch and John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation consider what appears to be a timetable for the destruction of America's system of public education and the imposition of competitive programs that create winners and losers, when the mission of public schools is to serve every child. Part 2 of 4.

Filmed and produced by the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy.

John Jackson and Diane Ravitch: Educational Opportunity for All (Part 1)

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-08-16

John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation, and education historian Diane Ravitch discuss why our society must rise to the challenge of providing educational opportunity for every child in public schools. Part 1 of 4.

Filmed and produced by the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy.

A Primer on Corporate School Reform

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2011-10-27
Author: 
Stan Karp
Type: 
reports

This is an edited version of a commentary given by Stan Karp , a teacher of English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years. Karp spoke on Oct. 1 at the fourth annual Northwest Teachers for Justice conference in Seattle. He is now the director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey’s Education Law Center and an editor of the 25-year-old Rethinking Schools magazine. A video and fuller version of the commentary can be found here.

This is an edited version of a commentary given by Stan Karp , a teacher of English and journalism in Paterson, N.J., for 30 years. Karp spoke on Oct. 1 at the fourth annual Northwest Teachers for Justice conference in Seattle. He is now the director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey’s Education Law Center and an editor of the 25-year-old Rethinking Schools magazine.

NO PLACE FOR KIDS: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-10-21
Type: 
reports

Putting young people in jail – particularly for nonviolent offenses – is a failed strategy, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that relied on decades of research and data. The report's most scathing findings include that youth incarceration does not reduce future offending; provides no overall benefit to public safety; wastes taxpayer dollars; and exposes youth to high levels of violence and abuse.

Annie E. Casey report: Jailing youths is a failed strategy

Putting young people in jail – particularly for nonviolent offenses – is a failed strategy, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that relied on decades of research and data such as this: “Nationally, just 12 percent of the nearly 150,000 youth placed into residential programs by delinquency courts in 2007 had committed aggravated assault, robbery, rape, or homicide.” The greatest proportion of incarcerated youth – about 40 percent of the total, and disproportionately youth of color – are held in locked, long-term correctional facilities. 

Putting young people in jail – particularly for nonviolent offenses – is a failed strategy, according to a new report from the Annie E.

Students of color face harsher punishments

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.

 

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.

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Mapping and Analyzing the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: An Action Kit to Understanding How Harsh School Discipline Policies and Practices are Impacting Your Community

Publication Date: 
Mon, 2009-06-01

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>.

Moving Towards Restorative Justice One Step at a Time: Creating an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-08-30
Type: 
reports

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.

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Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-07-19
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

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.

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Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance in Chicago

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2011-07-19
Type: 
reports
Category: 
equitable-instructional-materials

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.” 

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