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Title: School to Prison Pipeline
Course Section Number: EDU-230-01
Department: Education
Description: "In the last decade, the punitive and overzealous tools and approaches of the modern criminal justice system have seeped into our schools, serving to remove children from mainstream educational environments and funnel them onto a one-way path toward prison.... The School-to-Prison Pipeline is one of the most urgent challenges in education today." (NAACP 2005) In this course, we will examine the ways in which the U.S. system of P-12 public education has become increasingly enmeshed with the criminal justice system. As the ACLU has noted, school disciplinary measures have become more rigid and more likely to divert students toward local law enforcement agencies. Beyond the area of school conduct issues, inequities that predict students' success in our testing-focused educational system may also predict students' likelihood of engagement with law enforcement (eg: family income and educational levels, presence/absence of learning exceptionalities, stereotyping based upon personal and/or cultural identity, and wealth/poverty levels of schools and neighborhoods). In this class, we will examine the underlying policies and school-level practices that contribute to this destructive pattern, along with interventions that have been developed, such as greater attention to students' educational and vocational needs, restorative justice approaches to behavioral issues, and a focus on social-emotional learning
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 01:10PM - 02:25PM, Malcolm X Institute, Room 214
Faculty: Seltzer-Kelly, Deborah

Course Status & Cross-Listings

Cross-list Group Capacity: 18
Cross-list Group Student Count: 9
Calculated Course Status: OPEN
Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
EDU-230-01 (primary)
School to Prison Pipeline
OPEN Education 18 6 / 9 / 0
BLS-300-02 (cross-listing)
School to Prison Pipeline
OPEN Black Studies 18 3 / 9 / 0