Univision report: "Students and Class Suspension"
The Boston Channel (ABC): "Schools Suspending Thousands of State's Youngest"
Center for Public Integrity: "Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Massachusetts"
“We're creating what many people are calling 'dropout factories,'" said Nakisha Lewis, a project manager with the Schott Foundation for Public Education, a Cambridge, Mass. group that advocates for more equitable distribution of educational resources to help students achieve success. The foundation, which has released several reports on that topic, found that students who are suspended or expelled often drop out of school, leading to juvenile delinquency, arrests and eventually prison. Taking kids out of class for non-violent offenses, Lewis explained, is akin to creating what reform advocates now call “cradle-to-prison pipeline.”
Masslive.com: "'Zero Tolerance' Policies Lead to Thousands of Lost School Days for Massachusetts Students"
Once removed from school, many of those youngsters fall behind in their studies, primarily because a majority of students involved in serious discipline cases get no educational services once tossed from the classroom, says Nakisha Lewis, a project manager with the Schott Foundation for Public Education. The Schott Foundation is a Cambridge-based group which advocates for more equitable distribution of educational resources.