Report: Wake (N.C.) schools suspensions a 'prison pipeline'

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"The pipeline is a system of laws, policies, and practices that pushes students out of schools and on a path toward the juvenile and criminal systems," the report said.

Legal Aid's Advocates for Children's Services project looked at data on student suspensions for the 2011-12 school year and found the punishments are applied disproportionately to students who are African-American, economically disadvantaged or disabled.

Jennifer Story, one of the report's authors, said, "There are still too many students being suspended in Wake County."

ACS argued that suspensions – both in-school and out-of-school – are used inconsistently as punishment and do not always teach the right lesson.

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