Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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More than 25% of students in the Philadelphia School District received out-of-school suspensions during the 2011-12 school year.

Zero-tolerance policies, aggressive policing in schools, and other extreme school discipline practices lead to high rates of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of students.

As a result, large numbers of youth are pushed out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. These policies and practices also fuel systemic inequalities and disparate educational outcomes based on race, gender, perceived sexual orientation, disability status, and other categories. ELC has long been a national leader in the fight against exclusionary discipline practices. To review some of the resources that ELC has produced in the subject area, click here.

Fact Sheet

FAQ: Truancy & School Attendance in Pennsylvania under Act 138

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Testimony on Education for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System to Philadelphia City Council (May 2016)

Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow Ashley Sawyer was invited to speak to the Philadelphia City Council's newly formed Special Committee...Read More


Current Law & Policy

ELC Opposes Bill to Loosen Restrictions on Arming School Personnel

In a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf in June 2019, the Education Law Center urges him to veto Senate Bill...Read More