Students should be in class, not handcuffs. Yet millions of students are removed from classrooms each year for minor misbehavior, and the data clearly show that students of color are suspended at much higher rates than their peers. Once suspended, students are more likely to drop out of school and be incarcerated.
The progress we’ve made dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline over the last few years could be stopped dead in its tracks if U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinds guidance provided by the Obama administration that helps public schools address student discipline without discriminating.
Rescinding this guidance would be a major setback for students, and for teachers who are committed to implementing evidence-based strategies that address the root causes of student misbehavior and end racial discipline disparities in our schools.
Keep our kids in class. Speak up right now and urge Secretary DeVos to keep this crucial guidance in place.
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