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The Playground to the Big Yard:
Deconstructing School to Prison Pipeline

Monday, March 7

Watch the full video here.

Education is designed to lay the foundation for future opportunity. But California’s school discipline policies operate in the opposite way. The state’s public schools issue more suspensions than diplomas each year, with the largest impact on communities of color.

  • Suspensions often have the opposite effect of exacerbating the problem, sending the student on an unsupervised vacation and further alienating him or her from the school environment.
  • In the 2011-2012 school year, California schools issued more than 700,000 out-of-school suspensions, and more than 366,000 students were suspended out-of-school at least one time.
  • Experts point to the fact that if students stay in school and increase graduation rates by 10 percentage points, it could prevent 400 murders and over 20,000 aggravated assaults in California each year.

What is being done in California to combat the school to prison pipeline? Join award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa from NPR’s Latino USA for a spirited conversation on “The Playground to the Big Yard: Deconstructing School to Prison Pipeline.”

Panelists include:

This week, NPR’s Latino USA focused on how one Oakland high school is addressing this issue:

The March 7 Berkeley event is sponsored by The California Endowment and kicks off with a short theater performance directed by Baktun 12. It is open to the public but pre-registration is encouraged.

The Playground to the Big Yard: Deconstructing School to Prison Pipeline

Monday, March 7th

8:30-11:30am

University of California, Berkeley, Anna Head Alumnae Hall

2537 Haste Street

Berkeley, CA 94720

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @LatinoUSA #SchooltoPrison

Watch the full video here.