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Schools to Prison Pipeline

Ill. Youth Use Selfies to Fight 'School-to-Prison Pipeline'

Ill. Youth Use Selfies to Fight

Among the tools that Illinois youth used to attract support for Senate Bill 100 – which keeps students in classrooms and punches a hole in what critics call the overly-harsh “School-to-Prison Pipeline” – were smartphones and social media. In visits with elected leaders at the state Legislature in Springfield, young people explained how education is […]

Election 2014: Voters Spoke Loudly. Will Leaders Listen?

Election 2014: Voters Spoke Loudly. Will Leaders Listen?

On Nov. 4, pundits and politicians across the country defined the election as a repudiation of the current administration’s policies. Others viewed it as an affirmation of the Republican promise of smaller government. Everyone spoke for the people. But is anyone listening to the people? Newly-elected Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah said it the best […]

Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in California

In 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement – mainly twentysomethings who were coming of […]

Black Students, Even in Pre-K, More Likely to be Suspended

Black Students, Even in Pre-K, More Likely to be Suspended

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm. The suspensions — and disparities — begin […]

Police to Stop Giving Tickets to L.A. Students 12 and Under

Police to Stop Giving Tickets to L.A. Students 12 and Under

Responding to demand for reforms, the nation’s largest school police force — in Los Angeles — will stop issuing tickets to students 12-years-old or younger for minor infractions allegedly committed on or near campuses during school hours. A memo last month to officers from Los Angeles Unified School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman outlined the […]