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Police in schools: Keeping kids safe, or arresting them for no good reason?

Tiffany Wiggins is a police officer with Baltimore City Public Schools. She patrols several campuses each school day, interacting with pupils, teachers, support staff and others.<p>Tiffany Wiggins is a police officer with Baltimore City Public Schools. She patrols several campuses each school day, …

Justice

Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School

News surrounding a confrontation in a Baltimore school is raising new questions about the role race plays in discipline for black girls. Baltimore television station WBAL has been reporting on an October incident that led to three students at the city's Vanguard Middle School being injured, and …

Women of Color

Portland police handcuff 12-year-old girl at Beaumont Middle School; arrest sparks questions

Portland police handcuffed and arrested a 12-year-old Beaumont Middle School student Wednesday -- days after she allegedly yanked another student out …

Crime

9-year-old led away in handcuffs by Portland police prompts outrage, push for policy changes

Two uniformed Portland police officers showed up at the home of a 9-year-old girl last May, questioned her on the front porch about a fight at a …

The Untold Stories Of Black Girls

The video, taken at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., went viral last fall: A school safety officer flips a desk to the floor with a girl seated in it, then flings her across the floor. The student is African-American; the officer is white.<p>Ultimately, the officer was fired based on the …

Women of Color

Beyond the viral video: Inside educators’ emotional debate about ‘no excuses’ discipline

Many people have asked me what I make of the video, recently published by the New York Times, of a New York City charter school teacher scolding a …

Education Secretary: Want To Save On Prisons? Spend More On Schools.

Arne Duncan calls on state and local leaders to make a change.<p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will add to the renewed focus on criminal justice reform with a speech Wednesday afternoon calling on state and local government leaders to invest in schools instead of jails.<p>Duncan, in a speech at …

Crime

Hillary Clinton's plan to undo the school-to-prison pipeline, explained

In Harlem earlier this year, Hillary Clinton unveiled a plan to undo one of the biggest problems in America's criminal justice system.<p>The new $2 billion plan, which goes after the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline," would incentivize the hiring of "school climate support teams" — made up of …

Principal at the center of a viral blog post: 'I opened a school to close a prison'

"I opened a school to close a prison," she proclaimed to a crowded hall during a live TED Talk in New York on Monday, followed by immediate applause.<p>Lopez opened Mott Hall in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, one of the poorest areas of New York.<p>She first gained recognition when one of her …

As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police

As talk of law enforcement reform continues to swirl in the aftermath of the Department of Justice's Ferguson report, some communities have quietly made progress in addressing how police interact with students.<p>Traditionally, police stepped on school grounds to respond to emergencies, such as those …

Education

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Institutional Racism

What is the school-to-prison pipeline?<p>The school-to-prison pipeline is a no-nonsense trend in American education, where children are directed straight from the classroom and into the bureaucratic clutches of the criminal justice system.<p>The phenomenon manifests itself in disciplinary practices and …

Violent South Carolina classroom arrest adds to 'school-to-prison pipeline' debate

It happens so often in classrooms that it's almost unremarkable. A student sends a text during class, plays a video game on an iPad or mouths off, drawing a reprimand from the teacher.<p>Then what?<p>At Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., a similar scenario ended Monday when a white sheriff's …

Justice

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

In Meridian, Miss., police routinely arrest and transport youths to a juvenile detention center for minor classroom misbehaviors. In Jefferson …

Denver Is Leading The Way In Dismantling The School-To-Prison Pipeline. Here's How.

In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school dress code. The student from Denver, Colorado, thought such a system was perfectly normal.<p>It wasn't until high school that Becerra, 18, who came to …

Education

The school-to-prison pipeline affects girls of color, but reform efforts pass them by

A few weeks ago, a six-year-old black girl named TT was suspended and sent home because she poked a boy with an eraser.<p>When I asked her what happened, TT told me that the boy was bothering her and wouldn’t stop even after she asked him, so she poked him with an eraser. TT was subsequently suspended …

Women of Color

School-to-Prison Pipeline

The ACLU is committed to challenging the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools …

Education

Building Positive Relationships to Break the School-To-Prison Pipeline

What if we shifted our approach to school discipline to focus less on punishment and more on creating the positive relationships that all students need to thrive in school? What if we dedicated ourselves to valuing and supporting not only the student who is doing well, but also the resistant …

Education

How do parents in prison affect children in school?

The D.C. Council wants to study how parents’ incarceration affects their children’s performance in schools across the District and the types of supports that might help these students.<p>More than half of adults who are incarcerated in state and federal prisons have children at home under the age of …

African-American News

The Assault At Spring Valley High Shows The School-To-Prison Pipeline In Action

Aren't school resource officers supposed to keep kids safe?<p>An incident this week in which a police officer was filmed roughly hurling a student to the ground is only one piece of a larger problem that disproportionately affects black students.<p>A video recorded at Spring Valley High School in …

Education

Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

For far too many students of color, entering the gateway to incarceration begins with a referral from the classroom to the courtroom. This phenomenon is referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund described this pipeline as "funneling of students out of school and …

Education

How to Discipline Students Without Turning School Into a Prison

New guidelines from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education urge schools to abandon "zero-tolerance" policies.<p>For years a body of troubling evidence has been building that reveals racially discriminatory practices in school disciplinary measures. Black and Latino children are more likely to …

U.N. Experts Seem Horrified By How American Schools Treat Black Children

Schools have a lot of work to do.<p>American schools are hotbeds for racial discrimination, according to a preliminary report from a group of United Nations experts.<p>The U.N.'s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent traveled around the U.S. last month to learn more about the various …

High School

Solutions for the school-to-prison pipeline

Imagine being a student with dreams that could stretch to the moon and back. Yet you find yourself stuck in an environment that isn’t giving you the …

Students

Is This Working?

United States

South Africa's 'fees must fall' protests are about more than tuition costs

<b>(CNN) —</b> An unprecedented movement of student activism has been sweeping South African university campuses and cities, culminating in a march on the historic Union Buildings on Friday 23 October, the seat of the South African government. Not since the Soweto Uprising of 1976 have this many youth …

Higher Education

S Africa girls given student grants to remain virgins

Women's rights activists have criticised a South African municipality for a scholarship programme that funds studies for young women if they can prove they are virgins.<p>On Friday, the uThekela municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), announced that 113 students would receive scholarships to pursue …

Africa

South African district offers student grants to girls who remain virgins

Women’s groups attack plan to offer bursaries to girls who remain celibate throughout university – and will face regular virginity tests<p>A South African region has launched a grant scheme for girls who remain virgins throughout their university studies, triggering outrage among human rights …

South Africa

Activists skeptical as Kerala becomes first in primary education goal | Reuters

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists welcomed the south Indian state of Kerala being named the first in the country to give a primary education to its entire population, but stressed the need to improve the quality of education.<p>Seven year old twins Shahana (R) and …

India