Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

It's Time to Plug the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

It's Time to Plug the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON pipeline is far and away to most tragic unintended consequence of what is otherwise one of our nation's most noble public enterprises--free education for all.

By the most recent national data available, some 300.000 students are referred to law enforcement by their teachers or school administrators annually. That's 300.000 American children whose futures are being stunted by the institutions established for the express purpose of nurturing their futures and fostering their growth.

The causes, costs and consequences are, of course, complex. The causes can be as subtle as misunderstandings resulting from personal bias--the poor, students of color, the disabled and LGBTQ students are disproportionately affected--or as obvious as the predictably disastrous results of ill-conceived zero tolerance policies.

In some states, the problem of law enforcement referrals became so bad in recent years that the United States Department of Justice intervened; DOJ has also issued guidance to all schools aimed at cutting down such referrals.

The American Bar Association (ABA) too has taken notice--and the implication of that development should be obvious to every school administrator.

In 2014, the ABA formed its Joint Task Force on Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, which just released its preliminary findings last month, confirming that schools do indeed dole out discipline disproportionately to some groups.

"The causes of the school-to-prison pipeline are many, complex, and interrelated. …

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