ERIC Number: EJ943632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
School Discipline Feeds the "Pipeline to Prison"
Phi Delta Kappan, v93 n2 p14-19 Oct 2011
Unsupported fears of youth violence in schools has led to an expansion of school-based policing and zero tolerance discipline. The historical reality is that America's public schools are very safe, even when located in high crime neighborhoods. Yet, school discipline is becoming increasingly punitive, moving from the schoolhouse to the courthouse. This is apparent in Texas, where a multiyear study has determined that schools' discretionary decisions to suspend, expel and/or criminalize student misbehavior contribute to student push out, dropout, and what has been described by researchers as the school-to-prison pipeline.
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, School Policy, Zero Tolerance Policy, Violence, Discipline, Police School Relationship, Educational Environment, Public Opinion, Fear, Social Influences, Correctional Institutions, Evidence, Predictor Variables, Referral, Discipline Problems, School Location, Pattern Recognition, African American Students, Disproportionate Representation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois; Maryland; Texas