St. Paul Public Schools’ (SPPS) Black suspension rate dropped only two percent from 2010-11 to 2011-12. Black students there still receive nearly 70 percent of all suspensions. SPPS Chief of Staff Michelle Walker told the MSR that Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and “Courageous Conversations” strategies, used to help teachers respond more positively to student behaviors — especially those of Black students — has played a huge role in the decline in suspensions.
News and Events: May 2013
“More education, not incarceration! More education, not incarceration!” Hundreds chanted as they marched from Cass Park to the site of the new Wayne County Jail on March 23 to raise awareness about the school-to-prison-pipeline.
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. Zero tolerance policies adopted after Columbine lower achievement and disproportionately affect African Americans, supporters say.
Schools in California and across the nation have started to use proven approaches to school discipline that keep kids in school while holding them accountable for their actions. Schools using these approaches also see an increase in test scores.
The Assembly Education Committee unanimously passed Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s bill Assembly Bill 549, requiring school districts better define the roles of mental health professionals, school resource officers and police on campus within their school safety plans.
On MSNBC Wednesday night, a youth advocate explained how the recent arrest of a 16-year-old girl over a science experiment highlighted the so-called school to prison pipeline.