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Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, V


Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

January  8, 2014  

The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners; it is no exaggeration to call our national approach to criminal justice “mass incarceration.” And our prison cells are disproportionately filled with poor men of color, especially African-American men. Mass incarceration is one of the paramount civil rights and economic justice issues of our day.

Zero-tolerance discipline policies in American schools have often led to the criminalization of student misbehavior and the creation of what many call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” What are the alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline policies? How do we ensure that our schools become vehicles for escaping poverty and constructing meaningful, productive lives as democratic citizens, and not the starting point of an institutional arrangement that ends in mass incarceration?

Watch the full Conversation HERE

PANELISTS:

U.S. REP. KEITH ELLISON

Fifth District, Minnesota; Co-Chair, House Progressive Caucus; Member, Congressional Black Caucus/

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JAMES FORMAN, JR.

Professor, Yale Law School; Founder, Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic, Yale Law School; Co-Founder, Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools

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RANDI WEINGARTEN

President, American Federation of Teachers and The Albert Shanker Institute

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Moderator: BURNIE BOND

Director of Programs, The Albert Shanker Institute

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Watch the full Conversation HERE

 

 

Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other.