School Discipline/School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Equal Justice Society is challenging school discipline policies that feed the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” – educational policies and practices that push students, especially students of color and students with disabilities, out of schools and toward the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Learn more about the settlement against the Kern High School District (Kern County, California):

Learn more about our efforts in the Antioch Unified School District (Contra Costa County, California).

For more on how implicit bias and racial trauma enable the school-to-prison pipeline, read EJS’ report Breaking the Chains.

Under the California Constitution, the State must provide every student in public school the educational opportunity to succeed to the best of the student’s ability. When disciplinary practices and policies deprive students of that constitutional right to an education, those policies and practices are subject to challenge under the California Constitution. With its increasingly diverse student population, California’s future depends on honoring this constitutional right for all students.