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Let's crush the school to prison pipeline

You can't turn on the news or look at your Facebook without reading another tragic story about teens getting lost and either ending up a casualty of gun violence or mass incarceration. There is a burgeoning movement around ending the "School to Prison Pipeline," but it is not yet large or powerful enough to stem the tide of kids getting swept away. How can teachers, schools, districts and cities cut across traditional boundaries to keep kids from entering the School to Prison Pipeline? It is easy to say, "that is someone else's problem," but the impact of mass incarceration impacts all of us. In a cross-profession setting, we will work to determine how best to crush the STPP.

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  1. Discover how all of our actions can either feed or close the School to Prison Pipeline, particularly school discipline policies and practices
  2. Uncover creative ways to work across traditional professional boundaries by meeting others who care about the "kids in the back of the class"
  3. Learn about models and movements that are springing up across the nation, taking away real-life examples that you can use


  • Jobi Cates, Vice President, NACSA


Jobi Cates, VP, National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

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