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#SchoolsNotPrisons

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Disciplinary policies throughout schools across the country affect children of color at disproportionate rates. Black students, in particular, are three times more likely to get suspended or expelled compared to their white counterparts — increasing their risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Roughly 1 in 5 students in classrooms across the country do not have access to a school counselor, with many opting for a higher police presence in learning institutions that leaves children vulnerable to potential arrest (or escalated disciplinary action) instead of restorative alternatives.

Current initiatives

  • Support and advocate for New York to pass the Safe and Supportive Schools Act that takes restorative approaches to discipline, promotes an inclusive and safe school environment, shortens the maximum length of suspension, limits suspensions for children in kindergarten through the third grade, require suspended students to receive academic instruction, and limits the role of law enforcement in schools.

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