Two Suffolk second graders have been suspended for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other.
Media outlets report the 7-year-old boys were suspended for two days for a violation of the Suffolk school system’s zero-tolerance policy on weapons. They were playing with one another in class Friday at Driver Elementary.
After a diabetic high school student fell asleep in study hall, the school police officer slammed her face into a filing cabinet, arrested her and took her to jail, she claims in court. Tieshka Avery claims she was so violently abused that she vomited in the police car. And all because she fell asleep reading “Huckleberry Finn.”
When we launched this site three years ago, we didn’t expect that so many people would use it to learn more about harsh school disciplinary policies, zero tolerance, and the school-to-prison pipeline. We are excited that many have found this site to be useful.
From time to time, we will see a resources that we created posted on another site or someone will reach out to tell us that they have used our resources in their work. We are incredibly gratified when that happens. Actually, we wish that more people would reach back out to let us know how some of the resources we have shared have been used.
The Tribune reports on a new just released about suspensions and expulsions in public schools. From the article:
One of every 4 African-American public school students in Illinois was suspended at least once for disciplinary reasons during the 2009-10 school year, the highest rate among 47 states examined in a national study released Tuesday.
Illinois schools, in particular Chicago Public Schools, also had the widest gap in suspension rates between black and white students, according to the report, underscoring concerns by many educators that African-Americans face harsher discipline than their classmates.
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA analyzed a year’s worth of student suspension data from K-12 schools in hundreds of districts across the country. Expanding on research released by theU.S. Department of Education in March, the report ranked city and suburban districts by the percentages of minority students who received out-of-school suspensions in 2009-10.
The student group Voices of Youth in Chicago Education held a City Hall press conference Tuesday to urge CPS to stop having students arrested for misdemeanor offenses, citing its analysis of school arrest data and claiming that the city arrests 25 students, on average, every day.
VOYCE says police made 2,546 school-based arrests between September 2011 and February 2012, according to data supplied by the civil rights organization Advancement Project. The VOYCE analysis pointed out that the arrestees included three 9-year-olds, eight 10-year-olds, and 17 children who were age 11. Of those arrested, 75 percent (1,915) were African-American, 21 percent (540) were Latino and 3 percent (75) were white.
The High HOPES Campaign is a coalition of Chicago-based community organizations including Access Living, Community Renewal Society, Enlace Chicago, ONE (Organization of the NorthEast), Blocks Together, Trinity United Church of Christ, Southwest Youth Collaborative and POWER-PAC. They join together in advocating for CPS to reduce suspensions and expulsions through the implementation of restorative justice programs and other proven strategies.
This week, the Campaign released a new report, From Policy to Standard Practice: Restorative Justice in Chicago Public Schools,” which illustrates that restorative justice practices improve school attendance, student achievement, school safety and culture. The key recommendations call for CPS to:
* Commit to and proactively pursue a districtwide reduction in suspensions and expulsions by 40 percent in the coming school year.
* Overcome current barriers to the implementation of restorative justice by developing a sustainable, districtwide plan for rolling out these practices in schools.
* Fully fund and support implementation by creating full-time restorative justice coordinator positions in each school and offering ongoing training and technical assistance.
* Reprioritize spending on school safety by diverting costly investments in policing and zero-tolerance strategies to the implementation of restorative justice. We estimate that such a full-scale investment in restorative justice would cost around $44 million, much less than the $67 million budget of the CPS Office of School Safety and Security.
* Create monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to track the reduction in punitive discipline methods and the success of restorative justice implementation, and make that information available in an ongoing, public manner.
CHICAGO (CBS) – A busload of Chicago Public Schools students set up shop outside the Cook County Juvenile Center on Monday, to suggest that’s where they’ll end up, unless CPS eases its disciplinary policies.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports a group called Voices of Youth In Chicago Education (VOYCE) organized the rally by 75 CPS students and provided them with statistics saying students lost 306,000 class days last school year, due to suspensions.
Roosevelt High School student Victor Alquicera said, “we need a discipline code that works for all students, not one that sends black and Latino students on a path to prison.”
Suspension Stories is a youth-led participatory action research project to understand the school to prison pipeline. This initiative is the result of a collaboration between the Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team (www.rogersparkywat.org) and Project NIA (www.project-nia.org).
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