As part of the expert blog series, Judge Corpening has responded to additional questions from readers and visitors to the Supportive School Discipline website regarding the School Discipline and Juvenile Justice reform efforts in North Carolina.
Blog: The Pipeline to Prison
Kevin J. Bethel is a Deputy Police Commissioner in the Philadelphia Police Department, the 4th largest police department in the nation with 6,600 sworn personnel. He is presently in charge of Patrol Operations for the entire city. As part of his duties he oversees 21 Patrol Districts, Neighborhood Services Unit, Philadelphia School District Police, Police Athletic League and Community Relations Unit.
School security personnel are increasingly commonplace in Virginia’s public schools. There are two types. School resource officers (SROs) are certified law enforcement officers who are typically employed by local law enforcement agencies and assigned to provide coverage to public schools. School security officers (SSOs) are individuals employed by school divisions to maintain order and discipline in their assigned schools. To date, little analysis of school policing in the Commonwealth exists. This report aims to change that.
Dr. Shawn Ashworth has served in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years as a school counselor, assistant principal, and pupil personnel worker; as Special Assistant for Discipline, Principal of Arundel Middle School and J. Albert Adams Academy, and Senior Manager of Discipline & Disproportionality in the Office of Equity and Human Relations. Dr. Ashworth currently works in the Office of Safe and Orderly Schools as a program specialist for discipline.
Judge Corpening granted us an interview for the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline, focusing on this agreement and the county’s related initiatives.
In November, Texas Appleseed released the results of its study analyzing school suspension rates for youth in the state of Texas over the previous school year. Researchers utilized suspension data to examine numerous factors that put the youngest Texas students at-risk of dropping out of school and being introduced to the school-to-prison pipeline. Researchers identified the excessive use of suspensions, in-school and out-of-school, as a problem.
Center for Civil Rights Remedies releases an unprecedented analysis of school discipline data for every district in the nation, estimating 18 million days of lost instruction in just one year due to exclusionary disciplinary practices.
GSA Network, Crossroads Collaborative and the Advancement Project have released reports and recommendations to address school discipline disparities among LGBTQ youth.
Each year, more than 3 million students are suspended from school for disciplinary reasons, the majority of whom are African American and/or students with a disability. Many students are suspended multiple times in the school year, and many of those suspensions are a result of the discretion of school staff.