Harsh discipline policies are pushing students out of school for minor infractions, denying them educational opportunities, and creating a cycle of misbehavior and lost-opportunity. Statistics show that students subjected to harsh policies are more likely to drop out of school or get into serious trouble with the law. More than an education crisis, this "school-to-prison pipeline" is a racial justice crisis because the students pushed out through harsh discipline are disproportionately students of color.
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May 17th is the 59th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Decades later, students, parents, teacher and advocates are still fighting against education policies that leave students of color and low-income students deprived of the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. But a grassroots revolution is brewing, what blogger Jeff Bryant has been calling an "education spring," and this past week has seen headline-grabbing victories and inspiring actions.Read more>
Thousands of students in Philadelphia are staging a massive, city-wide walkout today to protest the under-resourcing of their schools and school closures. A number of OTL allies are participating in the event, including the Philadelphia Student Union and Youth United for Change, two of the largest student organizing groups in the city. Follow #walkout215 on Twitter for for live updates!Read more>
Mark your calendars for an exciting, free webinar on Wed. May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. (ET) hosted by the Center for Teaching Quality, OTL Campaign, National Education Association, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.Read more>