End the School to Prison Pipeline
The school to prison pipeline is defined by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as “the policies and practices that push our nation’s school children, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education.”
- Our goal is to get Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY to approve Professional Development Training on the School to Prison Pipeline for educators and staff.
According to a report on School Discipline in Kentucky: An examination of school discipline in the Jefferson County School District. Kentucky Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. (June 2011).
1. JCPS discipline policies employ a "Zero Tolerance" standard (which work to "automatically impose severe punishment regardless of the circumstances" ACLU, 2016).
2. African-American students in JCPS are disciplined and placed into alternative education setting as a significantly higher rate than white students.
3. African-American students receive a significantly disproportionate number of disciplinary referrals. "Suspended and expelled children are often left unsupervised and without constructive activities; they also can easily fall behind in their coursework, leading to a greater likelihood of disengagement and drop-outs. All of these factors increase the likelihood of court involvement" ACLU, 2016).