School-To-Prison Pipeline

NewsOne focuses in March 2017 on the steep uphill climb of Black girls in the K-12 public school system.

Several education news stories in 2016 impacted the African-American community. Black educators reached new heights and the community debated school choice.

A Missouri law sparks concerns over felony charges for school fights. It could impact students of color disproportionately.

The Department of Justice announced that it will phase out its use of private prisons. There's no need for them with the declining population of federal prisoners.

An analysis of data revealed that the police arrest Black & Hispanic students disproportionately in NYC schools. The police are also more likely to handcuff students of color.

Baltimore County public schools are exploring ways to reduce suspensions for students of color. Hundreds of educators attended a two-day conference to find solutions.

A Tennessee prosecutor said he will drop criminal charges against elementary school children. Parents protested the arrests.

St. Louis school officials announced a ban against automatic out-of-school suspensions of students in preschool through second grade. This move follows a report that said Missouri leads the nation in suspending Black elementary school students.

According to author Monique Morris, Black girls make up 16 percent of American school students, but account for over 33 percent of school arrests.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed spending $2 billion on alternatives to traditional school punishment. Her plan, and other alternatives like restorative justice, seek to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

As the top administrator for the school system in Madison, Wisconsin, Nancy Hanks has revamped their discipline practices after realizing suspensions and expulsions contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.

Protesters stormed a Portland, Ore., school board meeting earlier this week, demanding more time to learn about a bid to reduce racial and economic segregation…