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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Analysis

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

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Current Law & Policy

Public Comments on OCDEL Draft Policy Guidance to Reduce Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Childhood Programs in Pa.

In October 2015, the Education Law Center submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)...Read More

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