School Safety and Discipline Practices Threaten Health Equity

School Safety and Discipline Practices Threaten Health Equity

November 13, 2018

As policymakers respond to gun violence and school safety concerns with expanded on-campus policing and zero-tolerance discipline practices, students of color disproportionately suffer the far-reaching negative consequences. ChangeLab Solutions’ Alexis Etow and Cesar De La Vega recently co-authored a commentary in Education Week, warning that increased reliance on punitive and exclusionary discipline practices will create civil rights and public health crises for the affected students and communities.

“Rather than continuing to punish our most marginalized students and deepening their health inequities, political attention must turn to ensuring that schools keep our children in the classroom and focus on what is important for students: learning—and the school conditions that support it.” Read the full op-ed on Education Weekly’s website.

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