Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
Zero tolerance and other exclusionary school discipline policies are pushing kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates. Too many students are lost to our communities this way. Disciplined at disproportionate rates and with heightened severity for minor infractions that used to warrant a trip to the principal’s office, students of color are most impacted.
Positive approaches to discipline (also called restorative practices) result in improved school climates and increased educational opportunities. Where implemented well, they work –preserving a students’ opportunity to education, empowering educators with tools to address student issues and connect, and building trust in the school community.
When every student has a right to a quality education, to be treated with dignity, and to be provided with the opportunity to learn, students, educators and communities win.
Sign the pledge to shut down the school to prison pipeline.
- Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools: A Guide for Educators
- Let Her Learn: A Tool Kit to Stop School Push Out for Girls of Color
- A Model Code on Education and Dignity
- Model Code Comparison Tool
- Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality: A Guide for District and School Teams
- Lessons in Racial Justice and Building a Movement: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally
- Addressing the Out-of-School Suspension Crisis: A Policy Guide for School Board Members
- Taking Restorative Practices School-Wide: Insights from Three Schools in Denver