This edition: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline
First aired: September 4, 2013.
Former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye calls on the city’s next mayor and board of education chief to end the so-called “school to prison pipeline,” which has pushed many students with disciplinary issues on a path that lands them in the criminal justice system.
Judge Kaye, chair of the School-Justice Partnership Task Force, noted that more than 70,000 students were suspended last year and received summonses –many of them for relatively minor disciplinary issues, such as talking back to a teacher, or disrupting a class, that would once have gone no further than the principal’s office. The Task Force, which issued its report and recommendations last spring, found that children who found themselves in that situation were more likely to drop out—and seven times more likely to end up in juvenile court .
Other guests on the program were Judge Monica Drinane, supervising judge of the Bronx County Family Court; and Timothy Lisante, superintendent of alternative NYC School District 79.
Judge Monica Drinane Supervising Judge, Bronx County Family Court
Hon. Judith Kaye Former Chief Judge, New York State
Timothy Lisante Superintendent, Alternative NYC School District 79
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