school-to-prison pipeline

Body cameras for principals in Burlington, Iowa, schools: Why a police accountability policy is wrong for education.

Disturbing. Another indication that school leaders can prefer restoring order to establishing justice.  These are the measures that support a school-to-prison pipeline. This Iowa proposal establishes more surveillance.

Parallels between law enforcement and education are building. Both teachers and police feel embattled and grossly misunderstood. Social justice educators and advocates who want to disrupt oppressive power can't afford to take the introduction of body cameras as a neutral device.  Like every other policy and practice, it comes embedded in a web of power relations.

And to recall my mentor Sari Biklen, "It's all just data until you interpret it.  Then, it becomes evidence of something." 

Anna Deavere Smith Fights School-to-Prison Pipeline With New Play | The California Report | KQED News

Not that she needs any of our help, but how about trying to bring this powerful play to our communities?  Who's with me on developing the community organizing to use this as a jump-off for local action?

Black Girls Matter

Racialized and gendered behavior expectations contribute mightily to the school-to-prison pipeline.  As girls are expected to be fundamentally docile, adults have a low threshold for seeing them as disorderly.  Powerful report here on how girls are pushed out of school.