School to Prison Pipeline

National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships:
Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court

The ACLU's Racial Justice Program is committed to challenging the "school to prison pipeline," a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services. Instead, they are isolated, punished and pushed out. "Zero-tolerance" policies criminalize minor infractions of school rules, while high-stakes testing programs encourage educators to push out low-performing students to improve their schools' overall test scores. Students of color are especially vulnerable to push-out trends and the discriminatory application of discipline.

The ACLU believes that children should be educated, not incarcerated. We are working to challenge numerous policies and practices within public school systems and the juvenile justice system that contribute to the school to prison pipeline.

Out of School and Off Track:
The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools

In this first of a kind breakdown of data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, CRP researchers estimate that well over two million students were suspended during the 2009-2010 academic year. This means that one out of every nine secondary school students was suspended at least once during that year.

National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court - Individual State Resources

Bullying and Harassment

REL Northwest - Student-reported overt and relational aggression and victimization in grades 3–8.

B.R.A.V.E. Society -
Raises awareness and inspires change to not accept  bullying, or “peer abuse,” as simply a part of growing up.

AMA Bullying Resource Links - Here is a listing of resource links for information on bullying. Please note that some of these links may take you off of the AMA Web site. A listing here does not indicate endorsement by the AMA.

Partners Against Hate - a joint effort of the Anti-Defamation League, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence.

Stop Bullying Now - The links on this site will lead you through an exploration of interventions that work to reduce bullying in schools. - is the website for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fights hate and promotes tolerance, and offers free posters and anti-racist/anti discriminatory curriculum.


CalSTAT - a special project of the California Department of Education, it provides training, technical assistance and resources for both special education and general education. Update on CalSTAT project.

Juvenile Justice

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - OJJDP - an office of the U.S. Department of Justice that provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and vicitimization.

Juvenile Crime Prevention  - Common areas in which juveniles and crime intersect.

Positive Behavior Support

CalSTAT - a special project of the California Department of Education, it provides training, technical assistance and resources for both special education and general education. Update on CalSTAT project.

Early Intervention Program - EIP a University of Oregon program designed to improve educational and therapeutic services for infants and young children who are at risk.

Educational and Community Support - ECS - a research unit within the University of Oregon, College of Education that focuses on the development and implementation of practices that result in positive, durable, and scientifically validated change in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

IRIS Media - IRIS Media creates research based educational materials for school staff, special educators and people who have developmental disabilities.

National Association of School Psychologists -

OSEP Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports - provides capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

Response to Intervention

Institute For The Development Of Educational Achievement - IDEA - a unit of the College of Education at the University of Oregon that conducts research and provides outreach services to improve the academic and social achievement of children and young adults.

School Safety

Oregon School Safety Center - The Center for School Safety measure, HB 3429, allows the IVDB to work with schools and communities in developing long-term plans to address school safety and student discipline. The center will serve as a point of information, data analysis, research and technical assistance.

School Emergency Management Online Courses
  - The U. S. Department of Education has developed a series of online courses on school emergency management. This training is available to all schools and to others interested in learning more about this important subject. The courses are organized into two groups: the Foundation Series courses and Special Topics courses. There are five courses in the Foundation Series.

CDC School Health Guidelines to Prevent Unintentional Injuries and Violence - A slide presentation that provides recommendations for schools to follow in order to be safer places for students to learn and to teach students the skills they need to prevent unintentional injuries and violence at home, at play, at work, and throughout their lives.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence - University of Colorado's information, technical assistance, and research center.

Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) - assist local schools and communities to create safe, positive and successful school environments for Colorado students in all pre-K-12 and higher education schools.

Committee for Children - a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the safety, well-being, and social development of children.

National School Safety Center - a catalyst and advocate for the prevention of school crime and violence.

Oregon Safe Schools and Comminities Coalition - a site that seeks to create safe schools and communities where every family can belong, every educator can teach, and every child can learn.

Oregon School Safety Association - Partnership for sharing interests in information centralization on nthe subject of school and child safety.

Safe School Ambassadors : Far too many students experience a school climate where recreational cruelty is the norm, and bullying is seen as a rite of passage. 

School Bus Safety Program - a national program to promote saftey on school buses.

Safe School CentersA directory of 21 state school safety centers

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