als School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Why Cops Shouldn't Be in Classrooms

By Taurean K. Brown, Racial Justice Program at 5:56pm
If we were all honest with ourselves, I am sure that we could recall a momentary lapse into delinquency at some point in our childhood, whether it was throwing a temper tantrum over a puzzle piece or being a smart alec to a teacher. These very same delinquencies today can now land a child in jail.
From Pranks to Prison

From Pranks to Prison

By Kimberly Humphrey, Washington Legislative Office at 12:40pm

It’s safe to say that Tyell Morton, a high school senior at Rushville High in Indiana, is probably not laughing anymore.   A few months ago the eighteen year old was just another teen enjoying his senior year of high school and eagerly…

No More Secrets in Rhode Island's Truancy Courts

By Steven Brown, ACLU of Rhode Island at 12:27pm

On Monday, the Rhode Island ACLU filed Boyer v. Jeremiah, a class-action lawsuitchallenging the extremely troubling practices of Rhode Island's truancy court. Ostensibly created to support struggling students and help them stay in school, the…

Bob Herbert: ‘The Mistreatment of Students by NYPD Demands Attention’

By Salima Tongo, Racial Justice Program at 3:00pm

Today, roughly 5,000 poorly trained and undersupervised School Safety Officers (SSOs) are assigned to New York City public schools. Although ostensibly charged with protecting the safety of students, many students, parents and educators are concerned…

Keep Pennsylvania Kids in School

By Harold Jordan, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 3:18pm

Yesterday, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) released its National Resolution for Ending School Pushout. What is "school pushout," and why is it a national problem? Many students are pushed out of schools by harsh disciplinary practices…

Denying Education is Denying Opportunity

By Tiffany Donnelly, Racial Justice Program at 5:03pm

Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court heard the case of two young women in Beaufort County who were egregiously punished for their involvement in a weaponless schoolyard fight. These two African-American students were not only expelled from…

Handcuffs in Middle Schools, A Shock to the Conscience

By Joshua David Riegel, Racial Justice Program at 5:02pm

D.Y. is a 13-year-old girl from the Bronx who dreams of one day being a veterinarian and has always enjoyed school. This changed on the morning of October 7, 2009, when D.Y.'s mother dropped her and a friend off at school. D.Y. and her friend were…

Because He Dreamed

By Glendean Hamilton, Racial Justice Program at 11:30am

I recently completed my first semester at Smith College. You might think that I would no longer marvel at the fact that I am a student at Smith, but you’re wrong. Every time I walk into a lecture hall and see a Smith College banner I am amazed…

Worse Than Slavery? Black Women and Families Face Extreme Accusations from Roadside Campaign

By Chara Fisher Jackson, ACLU of Georgia at 4:05pm

Last weekend, on the day designated to celebrate the abolition of slavery, an anti-abortion group decided to exploit the observance of Juneteenth to spread a demeaning and insulting message to the black community. Through billboards erected throughout…

"Give Us Our Books, Don't Treat Us Like Crooks"

"Give Us Our Books, Don't Treat Us Like Crooks"

By Joshua David Riegel, Racial Justice Program at 1:15pm

So went the call for change on the steps of New York City Hall. On October 22, folks from the New York Civil Liberties Union and I participated in a rally at City Hall to raise public awareness about and garner support for the Student Safety Act.…

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