SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

Lansing Watchdog: Focus Shifts to Budgets, Bills in Capitol

Lansing Watchdog: Focus Shifts to Budgets, Bills in Capitol

2016-04-21 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 21, 2016

In these weeks before the legislature breaks for summer campaign season, they will be focused on two goals: finalizing fiscal years 2017/2018 budget (a two year rolling budget) and getting publicity for a number of bills that they deem good for their political campaign in advance of the August primary.

Using FOIA Law in Detroit Education Reform

Using FOIA Law in Detroit Education Reform

2016-01-10 00:00:00

Information is the currency of democracy. 

First spoken by President Thomas Jefferson in the 19th Century, those words will forever resonate with me because of their importance to preserving justice for those whose freedoms are frequently imperiled. Most often, those people are poor or are people of color. Or they are individuals with disabilities and others who regularly face institutionalized barriers.

Positive Effects of Restorative Justice in Southeastern Michigan Schools

Positive Effects of Restorative Justice in Southeastern Michigan Schools

2015-10-29 00:00:00

Imagine a better road where students, instead of getting suspended or expelled from school as disciplinary actions, are given a chance to heal. Such is the path of "restorative justice."

The idea behind restorative justice (or restorative practices) is to keep students in school while they are engaged in disciplinary actions that help restore broken down relationships.

Why Is Kyle Thompson Under House-Arrest?

Why Is Kyle Thompson Under House-Arrest?

2013-09-25 00:00:00

Kyle Thompson likes playing football, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends. The Michigan student has also been under house arrest since last March and barred from school for six months.

Why? His teacher wanted to see a note he had written, and she tried to take it from him. He thought she was teasing him about it and was playfully trying to get the note back. When he realized this wasn't play, he immediately let her have the note. That misunderstanding got Kyle thrown in jail, and placed under house arrest.

Education and Due Process: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Education and Due Process: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

2011-08-24 00:00:00

High school has not been all fun and games for 19-year-old Renee.

Yet even though she struggled in school, she worked extra hard in her classes since she was determined to graduate. However, just before she was supposed to receive her diploma she was met with one final, humiliating challenge.

The new principal pulled a group of students aside, including Renee, to tell them that they had all had "irregular" test results. Every one of them would be required to take new tests or miss the opportunity to graduate.

Keeping Students Out of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Keeping Students Out of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

2011-06-16 00:00:00

I recently had a conversation with an extraordinary woman who raised 15 children, both her own and those of other parents.

She managed to keep all of the kids out of trouble as they worked through Detroit schools, despite the heavy odds against them. After all, over 46,000 children were suspended from Detroit Public Schools in just one year.

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