June 15, 2012

Failing Marks: The School to Prison Pipeline

Daniel J. Losen

Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA
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Judith A. Browne Dianis

Co-Director, Advancement Project
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Anurima Bhargava

Chief, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
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Vanessa Crawford

Sheriff, Petersburg, Virginia; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
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Castle Redmond

Program Manager, The California Endowment
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Steven C. Teske

Chief Judge, Juvenile Court, Clayton County, Georgia
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A disturbing shift has occurred in our education system over the last few years. Many schools have moved away from employing traditional disciplinary measures, such as counseling or detention, when students misbehave. Instead, schools are relying increasingly on suspensions, expulsions, and law enforcement to punish students. Children are being arrested or removed from schools, even for minor behavioral incidents, at alarming rates around the country. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education have initiated the Supportive School Discipline Initiative to address what is considered the “school-to-prison pipeline.” What is the impact of increased law enforcement in schools? What role, if any, should law enforcement play in school discipline? What are other responses to the disproportionate number of minority students subjected to excessive school discipline? Is school discipline just one of the many subsets of denied equal educational opportunities for students of color?