100 Stories in 100 Days
ACLU of Georgia,
Georgia State Conference NAACP,
Gwinnett STOPP, and
Interfaith Children's Movement
in conjunction with
Regional Forum Host
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
October 30, 2010 9:30am - 4pm
1619 N. Lee St.
Valdosta, GA 31602
Children are far more likely to be arrested at
school than they were a generation ago.
The vast majority of these arrests are for non-violent offenses such as “disruptive conduct” or
“disturbance of the peace.” Five year olds are
being led out of classrooms in handcuffs for
acting out or throwing temper tantrums.
Students have been arrested for throwing an
eraser at a teacher, breaking a pencil, and
having rap lyrics in a locker. These children do
not belong in jail.
The School To Prison Pipeline (STPP) refers to
a disturbing national trend in which students are
funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile
and criminal justice systems. Most of these kids
are children of color, and many have learning
disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or
neglect, and would benefit from additional
educational and counseling services. Instead they
are punished and isolated.
Why is this happening? “Zero tolerance” policies
criminalize minor infractions of school rules and
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 the discriminatory
application of discipline and push-out trends.
Statewide STPP Symposium Series
Through a series of five regional forums, based
upon Congressional Districts, a strategic plan
for statewide action to dismantle the School To Prison
Pipeline (STPP) will be developed. Stories obtained
through this symposium from stakeholders; students,
parents, education community, legal community,
elected representatives, civic community, and faith
community groups will form the foundation of the
plan that will improve the educational
environment for Georgia's students. The statewide plan
will include community-based solutions as well as
proven local and national strategies for change.
Georgia has taken important steps to change the
climate in our public schools. More work is needed
and will require students, parent, community
members and organizations coming together
for a better Georgia! We need to hear from you.
Share the successes and challenges of your
child and your school system. Join us at the
regional STPP forum for your Congressional
Regional Valdosta STPP Forum
Congressional Districts 1, 2, 8
The STPP forum seeks to engage stakeholders
Forum Agenda Highlights
Increasing public awareness of the School to
Prison Pipeline (STPP).
measures that divert children from the STPP
and steer them towards gaining an
Equip parents and community to help
children enmeshed in the STPP.
Ensuring Accountability for Elected Officials
Specific Local Community
How to Navigate the School System
How to be Your Child's Advocate
Organizing Your Community
Tell Us Your Story — An Education Story
Georgia Appleseed — When My Child is
Disciplined at School: A Workshop for
Space is Limited!!!
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