|Schools Not Jails |
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This wasn't planned when compulsory attendance was for a few seasons of skill building in agricultural communities. Rapid expansion of this system left us with an institution with no structural ties to the people it serves. Corporations, police and education quants --- of all kinds of groups have access to our schools but families are locked out from anything but selling candy bars.
Groundbreaking Senate Hearing Shines a Light on the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a landmark hearing entitled, Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. It is the first time a congressional panel will look at this disturbing national trend where children are pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems because of an overreliance on punitive school discipline policies.
Many have linked the growth of the pipeline to zero-tolerance policies that removed educators’ discretion over how to properly respond to student misbehavior. The unintended effects of severe school discipline, often for minor infractions, include further alienation from the school setting, decreased graduation rates, and increased interaction with the criminal justice system.
|United States criminal justice system flowchart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
attendance laws are limiting our ability to change schools
mass schools and the truancy trap
coercion is a core function of schools
understanding school funding
the compulsory attendance mindset