Ruth Jeannoel, lead organizer for the advocacy group Power U Center for Social Change. “The district still needs to find a way to shift the culture.”

Just one suspension can start students on the school-to-prison pipeline, a term that advocates use to describe policies and practices that steer students away from classrooms and into jail cells.

Students who get suspended are twice as likely to drop out of high school and half as likely to enroll in college according to a study by Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile – it increases the chances a young person will be arrested, according to researchers at the universities of Pittsburgh and California.

Miami Herald
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