New Website Explores the School-to-Prison Pipeline and How to End It
By Harold Jordan, Senior Policy Advocate, ACLU of Pennsylvania
Every day, we hear from advocates, reporters, educators, and students asking questions about how to find the best resources on some aspect of school discipline and policing. Whether from an advocate preparing testimony for a school board meeting or a reporter digging into a story when an incident occurs, folks want to know how to get accurate and up-to-date information and analysis.
Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is launching a comprehensive national website on the school-to-prison pipeline, which can be found at both www.s2pp.org and www.endzerotolerance.org.
In crafting the site, we reviewed countless requests for information and documents that have come in, especially since the publication of our report on school discipline and policing in Pennsylvania, Beyond Zero Tolerance.
This site is the place to go to get up-to-date resources and commentary on how to keep young people in school and out of the justice system. It is loaded with presentations and sample materials, and to links to videos, podcasts, policy statements, research reports, and media stories. In a few cases, we have taken official data and produced simplified spreadsheets illustrating a trend.
While reforms have been implemented in a growing number of communities, the culture spawned by “zero tolerance” remains very much alive. Today, “zero tolerance” refers to the array of policies and practices that mandate or facilitate the removal of students from school under a broad range of circumstances, not principally (or just) in response to weapons violations. Therefore, our site is named “End Zero Tolerance.”
Additional features include:
> Q and A on school discipline and policing
> Using Data — a guide to how to obtain and use data, plus links to summaries of recent trends
> Policing in Schools — news and analysis plus information about students arrests and examples of policy reforms
> What’s New –a blog about recent developments and new resources
Whether you want to research the issues, or to learn about successful campaigns and local work to improve school communities, this site is a great place to start.