School Discipline Disparities Continue to Grow for Students of Color
Disparities in school discipline continue to grow. New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that while Black students represent only 15% of students in school, they make up 31% of students who are referred to law-enforcement or arrested at school. This trend only reinforces the school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects Black students, preventing their access to quality education. Restorative Justice Practices provide an alternative to these traditional punitive discipline practices by utilizing strategies to create a positive school climate where all children get a fair chance to thrive.