Report Roundup

School Misdemeanors

"Texas' School-to-Prison Pipeline"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The growing practice of sending students to court rather than suspending them from class is increasing their chances of academic failure and justice-system involvement, a new reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader concludes.

The study by Texas Appleseed, an Austin, Texas-based advocacy group, contends that the growing presence of police officers in Texas schools has led to more ticketing charges and arrests for low-level, nonviolent behaviors that have been historically handled by school administrators.

Many schools are not reviewing ticketing and arrest practices, and many school officers lack training in child development and working in school environments, the report found. It also noted that children as young as 6 have been ticketed. The growing trend has legal and financial implications, it says, that disproportionately affect African-American and Latino students.

Vol. 30, Issue 19, Page 5

Published in Print: February 2, 2011, as School Misdemeanors
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories