Schools 2 Prison Pipeline
In a recent column, Seattle Times writer Jerry Large spotlights the “Schools 2 Prison Pipeline” project headed up by League of Education Voters (LEV) and Our American Generation. This project examines the alarming trend of school systems to “push their ‘bad kids’ out of the classroom and into the juvenile justice system.” Large’s column explains the role zero-tolerance school-discipline policies have played, and whether these policies should be re-examined. I met with LEV to discuss how school suspension/expulsion policies apply to students who receive special education, and, by extension, how that impacts the Schools 2 Prison Pipeline. Large’s column and Schools 2 Prison Pipeline are both worth the click. Kudos to everyone for tackling such a thorny issue.