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On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, we would like to enter the following statement into the record of the December 12 hearing, “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”
The school-to-prison pipeline is both an education and a social justice issue. Overly harsh zero-tolerance discipline policies, misguided high-stakes testing, insufficient services and support, and rising class sizes are pushing more and more students out of the public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The overwhelming majority are students of color. To address this troubling trend, the educational system and the judicial system must collaborate, cooperate, and replace punitive zero-tolerance policies with positive strategies that emphasize keeping kids in school — not suspending or expelling them for misbehavior or failure to thrive academically. Such strategies must address the needs of the whole child.
Mary Kusler Director, Government Relations
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