als School-to-Prison Pipeline

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.

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…

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…

In the Name of School Safety, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the Past

In the Name of School Safety, Let's Not Repeat the Mistakes of the Past

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Alana Kuhn, Law Clerk, Washington Legislative Office, ACLU at 9:18am

Every parent should be able to send their child off to school knowing that he or she will spend the day in a safe environment.   For many parents across the nation, however, that peace of mind was shattered by the unthinkable tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.  Today, the House of Representatives will take up the issue of school safety with a hearing in the House Education and Workforce Committee.  The ACLU has submitted a statement suggesting ways to ensure that schools are safe places for students to learn, grow, and thrive.

A Reality Check on Newtown: We Must Move Forward, Not Back

A Reality Check on Newtown: We Must Move Forward, Not Back

By Alex Berger, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 3:29pm

I, like most Americans, watched in horror as the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School unfurled last December. As a former elementary school teacher, I could not stop seeing my former students as possible victims, and I was angry, confused, and eager…

Honor Student Jailed and Fined for Missing School

Honor Student Jailed and Fined for Missing School

By Taurean K. Brown, Racial Justice Program at 12:57pm

Texas Judge Lanny Moriarity's decision to "make of an example" of 17-year old honor student Diane Tran succeeds only in highlighting the insensitive and counterproductive treatment of Texas juveniles in the state's criminal justice system.…

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…

Speaking Up About School Discipline in Delaware

By Stephanie Patterson, ACLU of Delaware at 4:41pm

The case of Zachery Christie, the 6-year-old from Delaware who was suspended from school for bringing a camping utensil to lunch, is now a familiar story. Initially, his punishment was 45 days in an alternative school. Fortunately for Christie, 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…

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…

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