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What happens to education when students, from preschool to high school, are subjected to disciplinary policies that more closely resemble policing than teaching? Around the country, advocates are collecting data illustrating the devastating effects of what they call the "school-to-prison pipeline," where student behavior is criminalized, children are treated like prisoners and, all too often, actually end up behind bars.

When your child acts out at home they are usually punished for it. They will be given a time out or have a toy taken away. But when they act out at school, it can mean suspension.

Who’s in the Pipeline?

Students from two groups—racial minorities and children with disabilities—are disproportionately represented in the school-to-prison pipeline. African-American students, for instance, are 3.5 times more likely than their white classmates to be suspended or expelled, according to a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Black children constitute 18 percent of students, but they account for 46 percent of those suspended more than once.

For students with disabilities, the numbers are equally troubling. One report found that while 8.6 percent of public school children have been identified as having disabilities that affect their ability to learn, these students make up 32 percent of youth in juvenile detention centers.

The racial disparities are even starker for students with disabilities. About 1 in 4 black children with disabilities were suspended at least once, versus 1 in 11 white students, according to an analysis of the government report by Daniel J. Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

A landmark study published last year tracked nearly 1 million Texas students for at least six years. The study controlled for more than 80 variables, such as socioeconomic class, to see how they affected the likelihood of school discipline. The study found that African Americans were disproportionately punished compared with otherwise similar white and Latino students. Children with emotional disabilities also were disproportionately suspended and expelled.

In other studies, Losen found racial differences in suspension rates have widened since the early 1970s and that suspension is being used more frequently as a disciplinary tool. But he said his recent study and other research show that removing children from school does not improve their behavior. Instead, it greatly increases the likelihood that they’ll drop out and wind up behind bars.

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Mission Critical’ Documentary Calls for End to School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Sheran commented on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 21:54 PM

Learning starts at home...
{1} Latino people live 2 to 4 families under 1 roof! They eat together and spend time with their family as a family should.

(2) White people use to be more like "Father Knows Best". Not no more!


Texting / smart phones and facebook has taken that away.

(3) African American people, I know a lot of people from this race that I truly respect... Some abuse the government, not all! The ones that do abuse it don't take care of their kids... We the people do, just so they can get that extra gov'ment check! I also so know a lot white people following the same path in life.

(4) Until we the working people say "Enough is Enough. We will work to support the entitlement of laziness.

PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 23:53 PM

Sheran-you are a huge part of the problem. Your simple minded comments are ignorant outdated and racist. "We the people" we don't need " we the people" that think like you working with children in the classroom or working in the public.

I could dispute your comments point by point-but the bible tells me it makes more sense to say nothing than argue with a fool.

My mother always said--You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.

Bless your soul. I will pray for your bitter soul tonight. This is the last time I will converse with you on this here blog. I don't entertain my haters.

Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 00:55 AM

I'LL pray for your soul as well! I'm not a part of the problem... The problem lies with in people like you that think that they know the answer to everything. We all have problems! Solving them alone = a fools game...You can preach the bible verses of your choice... Read the bible from front to back and live by all the words! Not the the verses you pick and choose.

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 07:50 AM

People should evaluate what they say, because all single parent/minority homes are not the devil’s den and we will always have poor people among us. Please let us discuss this dilemma with some class and with solutions not venting. There is a lot of blame to go around.

shannalat commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 08:38 AM

Liberty county schools already have our children dressing in uniform like prisoners. I also agree that the zero tolerance programs at school system do far more harm than good.

gacpl commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 09:25 AM

i read a paper on this that looked into the full stats.

first one was in intercity schools about 15% of the population was on suspension at almost all times.

in segregated schools it was only about 5%

but if you took the segregated school and looked at the suspension % by race.
15% of the black kids were on suspension there too.

it all comes from proper home raising. which is not going on now. 70+ percent are born out of wedlock and have no full family unit to raise them. or to word it the way they do not have a dad or father, they have a "baby daddy".

and until people quit making stupid excuses for them it wont get any better.

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 09:54 AM

Gacpl- now explain this --School shootings are a topic of intense interest in the United States. ... "Since 1982 almost all school shootings have been perpetrated by white males." Tell me what that comes from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_s...

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

At Gacpl are you affiliated with the school board/Board of education? I came up with that assumption some time ago based off your response to a few blogs.

gacpl commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

what about Tyrone Mitchell or Peter Odighizuwa? i guess they don't count

gacpl commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM
PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

There are 2 school shooters out of how many school shooters? How many black kids kill their parents/grandparents vs white-how many black cannibals do you know vs white?

Your earlier post would have readers to believe that only Black women have children out of wedlock and only black children live in single parent homes. That comment is absurd just like your thinking. I hate to tell you this but white women are raising dysfunctional kids in single parent homes too.

What if white violence was covered like minority violence?

We can go back and fourth all day what we will find is every race has problems with parenting and violence

Because of social media readers can research evidence for themselves and they are-that's why the GOP is in such grave danger now. The GOP lies and bigot statements are being exposed daily and no one is buying the " White is right/superior theory anymore.

People are tired of racism and bigotry. Why do you think Governor Deal is in for the fight of his life? People want to solve issues and move forward-together. The GOP can no longer rely on the white vote only to win elections--they will eventually learn to stop offending minorities and work on behalf of all people.

gacpl commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

With little fanfare, the federal government has posted its annual compilation of birth data, including out-of-wedlock births. Here’s the bad news (essentially unchanged from last year): Preliminary data indicate that 40.7 percent of all 2012 births were out-of-wedlock, which is appalling, and there are vast differences among racial and ethnic groups. Among non-Hispanic blacks, the figure is highest, at 72.2 percent; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, it’s 66.9 percent; 53.5 percent for Hispanics; 29.4 percent for non-Hispanic whites; and a mere 17.1 percent for Asians/Pacific Islanders.

As I noted last year, it is, of course, no surprise that the groups with the highest illegitimacy rates are the groups that are struggling economically, educationally, with crime, and so forth. Here’s a modest proposal: Why don’t the NAACP and similar organizations take all the money they use to challenge and complain about the standards that their groups (in the aggregate) don’t meet when it comes to university admissions, selective high-school admissions, school discipline, mortgage loans, police and firefighter tests, felon-disenfranchisement laws, employment policies that look at criminal records, etc., etc., and use that money to figure out ways to bring down the illegitimacy rates that drive all these other disparities?


PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The intent of this blog was to shed light on the "School to Prison Pipeline issue. However- a few people on the site wanted to pivot and turn the blog into an issue about bashing a particular race.

We need to address problems and not race bait.

For those of you wondering why nothing gets done in Congress the feed-back on this blog is a prime example of the dysfunction in Washington.

At the end of the day we need to focus on what's best for all children-regardless of color or social economic status. We need to make sure our schools are teaching and not policing. When 1 child falls through the cracks-it effect our entire community.

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

@Gacpl- I read your stats. I think they even out with my stats below. White women may be married when they have children but they're divorcing them baby daddy's afterwards! (lol) This is why you have to really do your research and not rely on one tool. White women divorce at higher rates-therefore leading to somewhat of a balance in single parent homes. I'm done.

Please review...

gacpl commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 14:21 PM

but more men of those men take part in their kids lives. unlike the out of wedlock men that have no solid link to them.

gacpl commented on Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 14:28 PM

if race was not a point, then why did you quote this "African-American students, for instance, are 3.5 times more likely than their white classmates to be suspended or expelled," a while that is a fact, until the elephant in the room is addressed it wont change. when kids go to school they all have the same chances there, the difference is in how they are raised before they get there. more African-American students then other races have little to no respect for teachers and have not been giving any home training on how to act in public. take a good look at FERGUSON, MO. on the news now.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 15:21 PM

At what point do we stop blaming everything on ethnicity and focus on life factors not denoted by race. Oh I know why... because no one wants to concede that ones circumstances are directly proportionate to ones upbringing. No one wants to admit that the statistics about different ethnicities maybe, just maybe also have something to due with how one chooses to perpetuate the negative patterns that exists in their lives.

Circumstances do have an effect, I get that however; life is about choices and consistent bad choices are no ones fault and wait for it...their own. I have made many less than stellar choices in life and you know what? I had to deal with the fallout from those choices.

Being white by no means equates to being privileged. I grew up just as if not poorer than todays economically challenged.. When I turned 18 I had to make a choice; continue to perpetuate the poverty I grew up with or find a way to make life work. I guess I did for the most part but many in my Family are just as poor today as when I was growing up. I am not better but did make a decision to make my situation better.

Until we quit making our social inequalities about ethnicity and whitey the pattern will continue to perpetuate itself. Change begins from with in, it is not nor will it ever be my fault that some choose to not be part of their own solution.

shannalat commented on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Now thanks to the board of education cutting the funding to the STAR program locally this pipeline has gotten much wider.

shannalat commented on Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

I do wonder what Dr. Lees motives are. Especially in regards to cutting the STAR program.

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