August 30, 2011
Advancement Project and its partner Power U Center for Social Change released a “graphic report,” “Telling It Like It Is: Youth Speak Out on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” This comic book-style booklet was designed in a participatory process with young people in an effort to capture their perspective on harsh school disciplinary practices. The booklet features a dialogue between youth around zero tolerance policies, suspensions, police in schools, and standardized testing.
A recent article in The Washington Post discusses the ticketing of students in Texas schools, often for trivial infractions ("Texas Students Sent from Classroom to Courtroom," Donna St. George, August 21, 2011). The tickets land students in court, which increases their chances of dropping out of school and getting involved in criminal activities. NJJN’s Texas members—Texas Appleseed, Texans Care for Children, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition—are all working to end the practice of ticketing in schools.