School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Facts about School-to-Prison Pipeline

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  • school-to-prison pipeline" is the policies and practices that push our nation's schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
  • It is a epidemic that is plaguing schools across the nation.
  • Far too often, students are suspended, expelled or even arrested for minor offenses that leave visits to the principal’s office a thing of the past.
  • Statistics reflect that these policies disproportionately target students of color and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities.
  • It is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for the school-to-prison pipeline. Many attribute it to the zero tolerance policies that took form after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.
  • Others blame educators, accusing them of pushing out students who score lower on standardized tests in order to improve the school’s overall test scores. And some blame overzealous policing efforts. The reasons are many, but the solutions are not as plentiful.
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