Fun fact: I was expelled from preschool at age 4 during a brief stint when my mother and I had moved to Dallas. From the little I recall, I was one of very few black students at my private day school. My expulsion came after I defended myself against another little girl—not black—who’d been harassing me for days.…
In a spoken-word poem, Dwayne Betts details the emotional impacts of juvenile incarceration.
Editor’s note: This is the second of two essays The Root is publishing in partnership with Caught, a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the juvenile-justice system. We hope to generate a conversation about how we can support rather than merely punish young people who are in crisis, and we want to hear from you too.…
Editor’s note: This is the first of two essays The Root is publishing in partnership with Caught, a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the juvenile-justice system. We hope to generate a conversation about how we can support rather than merely punish young people who are in crisis, and we want to hear from you too. Go…
For over 25 years, Anna Deavere Smith has been observing us.
The New York Daily News reported Feb. 1—the start of Black History Month—that a teacher in a majority-minority school in the Bronx, N.Y., instructed three black children in her seventh-grade class to lie on the floor during a lesson on slavery. Then she stepped on the students’ backs, allegedly to show them “how it…
A 7-year-old Florida elementary school student was taken out of school in handcuffs after he allegedly hit his teacher during an altercation at the school.
One of Virginia’s newest state delegates is working on a series of bills that would disrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” in a state that recently led the country in referring students to the legal system.
With the number of lethal and nonlethal shootings, robberies and assaults on the rise in Baltimore, police and government officials are clamoring for ways to make sense of what is happening. But even with public finger-pointing and posturing, there still isn’t a consensus about who should be blamed for the current…
An elementary school gym teacher at Rochester Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science & Technology in upstate New York has been suspended amid allegations that he pushed a 6-year-old student so forcefully to the ground last week, one of the child’s front teeth came out and the other one had to be pulled.
“I am the pink flower” is not the kind of thing a ninth-grade boy usually says with a straight face, especially not in a room filled with other teenage boys.
School is back in session, and it’s time to learn about a system that funnels black and brown kids from schools into our criminal-justice system. It’s called the school-to-prison pipeline, and it’s affecting black children as early as preschool. Watch above.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 674 into law on Monday, banning out-of-school suspensions for students in prekindergarten through second grade throughout the state of Texas, except in cases involving drugs, weapons or extreme violence.
Graduation season is here—that time of year when we get to celebrate academic achievements, watch with anticipation as the graduates move on to life’s next step, and hear about all the students being banned from prom and graduation for dress code violations.
The attorney for a 14-year-old high school student is saying that a Churchill, Pa., police officer assigned to the school beat up the young teen, knocking out one of his front teeth during an arrest.
Of course, the company didn’t phrase it that way because it would have to spend another $11 million cleaning up all the mess from the white people’s heads that exploded.
A Missouri statute that goes into effect Jan. 1 ensures that students there will be fed directly into the school-to-prison pipeline.
Editor’s note: Once a month, this column will tackle broader questions about what the country should do about gaps in achievement and opportunity.
Failing schools that service low-income black kids will continue to get away with egregious levels of educational neglect because they know no one will hold them accountable, unless parents are savvy enough to demand what their children deserve.
A Chicago mother filed a lawsuit Thursday against Chicago Public Schools, claiming that her 6-year-old daughter was handcuffed at school as punishment for taking candy off a teacher's desk, WLS reports.