School-to-Prison Pipeline For Juveniles

Zero-tolerance policies and standardized testing have changed the way schools discipline students. There are programs designed to help plug the flow of children being pushed out of the classroom and into the courtroom.


Although there is no guarantee that if my school district would have expelled me I would have ended up behind bars. I’d like to believe that would never have happened. I have also watched as our school systems have become more and more enslaved to zero tolerance and standardized testing. I’m hoping as a former child discipline problem, a mother of two school age boys and a juvenile justice professional that the steps the system is taking to help curb the school-to-prison pipeline will be effective and we can once again look to our schools as a place of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance and learning.

 

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