One of the questions addressed at the forum became a focal point this week at a training session I was facilitating for educators. A participant at the training was concerned about the large number of minority students at his district that have been referred to alternative schools. He asked for suggestions to share with his district personnel. At the forum, one of the panelist provided guidance on what she had initiated at her district to help lower the number of minority children referred to alternative schools. Her solution involved a hands-on approach that honored each student as an individual and not a number to be checked off a list.
In time for reflection on this, the analysis report on the increase in educational and correctional spending across the nation was released this week. Published by the U.S. Department of education, the report explains the growth in funding U.S. prisons exceeding that of schools. The report shows that between 1979 and 2012, state and local government expenditures on schools grew by 107 percent, while spending on prisons grew by 324 percent! That is an astounding growth! Furthermore, the report shows that seven states increased their prison spending five times as fast as they did their education spending. Only two states-New Hampshire and Massachusetts- did not experience this exceeding growth trend in correctional versus school spending. One of the implications of these findings of this report is the School to Prison Pipeline and its impact on students in our schools. Fellow illuminating educators, this is something that needs improvement to ensure all students have the opportunity to receive quality education to achieve their dreams. From administrators to classroom teachers, this requires a hands-on approach and building a strong school-home link to solve the School to Prison Pipeline trend.
To read the complete analysis report, click “Brief from the U.S. Department of Education Policy and Program Studies Service.” Love & Blessings!
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