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Session Submission Type: Regional Spotlight Sessions
In recent years, more attention has been paid to the increasing emphasis on disciplinary measures and policing in public schools across the country. The school-to-prison-pipeline is an intricate system of zero tolerance policies, harsh punitive measures and active police presence in schools, resulting in students being pushed out of the classroom and towards the criminal justice system. Students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately affected by these polices, and most likely to be removed from the classroom, suspended, or have the police called on them for in-school infractions. In the spirit of scholar activism, the panel will discuss the current realities of the school-priosn pipeline based on recent empirical research in NYC public schools and focus on what restorative justice strategies are most effective in dismantling it.