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Prosecutors Drop Charge Against 10-Year-Old Boy Accused of Hitting Classmate in Face with Ball

Prosecutors in Michigan have decided to drop their charge against a 10-year-old boy who was accused of throwing a ball at another child's face during a game on a school playground. The 10-year-old boy, Bryce, was scheduled to appear in juvenile…
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Students of Color with Disabilities Are Being Pushed into the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Study Finds

Exclusionary discipline practices in K-12 schools—suspension, expulsion and other disciplinary actions that take a student away from the classroom—raise the chances that a student will repeat a grade, drop out or end up in the criminal justice…
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High School Suspensions Cost the Country $35 Billion Annually, Report Estimates

When students get suspended from school for a few days, they may not be the only ones who miss out. A report released today by UCLA's Civil Rights Project tries for the first time to quantify the full social cost of so-called "exclusionary…
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Pushed Out and Punished: One Woman's Story Shows How Systems Are Failing Black Girls

Black girls don’t misbehave more, experts say, yet they often receive more severe penalties for the same behavior as white peers. Read more.
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This Week in the Florida Legislature, January 7-11

This week, the House Criminal Justice Committee held their inaugural meetings for the 2018 Legislative Session. The meeting began with a presentation on juvenile civil citation and direct file by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ),…
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DeVos to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on School Discipline

A federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommends rescinding Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. And, DeVos says, it urges schools to "seriously consider partnering with…
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A Push for More Civil Citations for Volusia County Students - WMFE

Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (FAITH) has been asking school officials and law enforcement to issue more juvenile civil citations to eligible students in Volusia County. Read more.
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Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline - The New York Times

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report on school disciplinary policies nationwide. The GAO found that African-American students are being punished disproportionately compared to Caucasian students. Read more.
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Suspensions Are Not Support: The Disciplining of Preschoolers With Disabilities - Center for American Progress

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) has found that children with disabilities are more likely to be suspended or expelled from preschool. CAP outlines its findings as follows: Children with behavioral problems are 43…
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Pinellas County Schools Try 'Restorative' Approach to Deal with Racial Disparities - The Tampa Bay Times

After a 2015 investigation finding that African-American students in Pinellas County were significantly more likely to be suspended, the county began implementing a restorative justice approach to school discipline. Read more.
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Lack of Mental Health Services in Predominantly Black Schools Means a Domino Effect as Kids Grow - KBIA

A licensed clinical psychologist discusses how the lack of mental health resources in predominantly black schools can negatively impact youths. Read more and listen.   Photo by Bill Wegener on Unsplash
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How Students Get Banished to Alternative Schools - ProPublica

In this ProPublica investigation, Heather Vogell discusses the increased use of alternative schools. Read more.