Category Archives: School Discipline

Discriminatory School Discipline is a Crisis! We Must Lead.

When I was teaching at UT Austin, school discipline was a dissertation topic that students wanted to investigate, but there weren’t available faculty at the institution that were conducting research in the area at the time. As a result, student interest in the disparate and unequal discipline practices occurring in schools began to drive my own interest in the area.

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A FINGER SNAP in the FACE OF A CHILD

A FINGER SNAP in the FACE OF A CHILD to redirect, give an order, or get attention–this is a common practice in high compliance charter schools where predominantly White educators serve students of color. This practice is defended as holding “high expectations” and being “structured” and “efficient.” School leaders say, “This is what our families want.” Then they castigate anti-oppression

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California NAACP resolves to address systematic oppression machine

The School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP) is a systematic oppression machine, particularly for black and brown people. By definition, “the increasing patterns of contact students have with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems as a result of the recent practices implemented by educational institutions specifically zero tolerance policies and the use of police in schools” (American Psychological Association Task Force on

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Education Activists Converge on Presidential Debate

Today, in response to a nationwide attack on public education, supporters of high-quality, democratically controlled, neighborhood public schools are holding events at the first presidential debate in New York, demanding that the candidates respond to concerns about school privatization and unfair funding, and releasing a national public education platform. The organizers of the debate protests belong to Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), a national network of

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The latest on the School to Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the policies and practices that push school children, particularly low-socioeconomic and racial/ethnic minority youth, out of classrooms into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Critically, school failure for these youth appears to be driven by inadequate and persistently low-performing schools, disproportionate disciplinary and school suspension practices, and the combination of zero-tolerance discipline policies and the

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School Discipline: Equity at Issue

Extensive peer-reviewed research has demonstrated that students with frequent suspensions are more likely to become involved in gangs, drop out of school and become part of the juvenile justice system. Years of suspicions about inequity in school discipline have also been investigated by a spate of reports. One by the UCLA Civil Rights project in 2011 revealed that in 2006, 28 percent of

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Authority, Discipline, and the Marginalization of Youth in Schools #EdResearch4SpringValley

    A young female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina was assaulted in her classroom by a police office on October  26, 2015. She was asked to leave a classroom by a teacher after allegedly using her phone during a math class. She refused and was later confronted by Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields, who asked her

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