Refusing To Be Complicit in our Prison nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting

“Refusing To Be Complicit in our Prison nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting” – By Erica Meiners & Charity Tolliver

BBS Executive Director Charity Tolliver and School to Prison Pipeline scholar and activist Erica Meiners recently published a paper on the role of teachers as Mandated Reporters in the journal Radical Teacher.

“Teachers are mandated reporters who are required by law to report suspected negligence and abuse. While on paper this charge looks neutral, this essay illustrates why teachers should rethink their roles and organize against mandated reporting laws. To teach to ensure that all Black Lives Matter requires refusing to be complicit in the mechanisms that contribute to the destruction of too many families and communities.”

Read the full article: http://radicalteacher.library.pitt.edu/…/r…/article/view/286

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Abused, Neglected, & Suspended: School Discipline’s hidden discrimination

A recent report from the Consortium on Chicago School Research highlights not only that African American students are facing school discipline at higher rates, but also that students with a history of abuse and neglect are at higher risk for school suspensions as well.  Some key quotes:

  • Students with a history of abuse or neglect are at particularly high risk for being suspended. For the first time, researchers were able to combine discipline data with child welfare data and found that almost a third of the students with a history of abuse or neglect were suspended in the 2013-14 school year.
  • Students with a history of abuse or neglect are concentrated in schools with high suspension rates; in almost all high-suspending high schools, at least 10 percent of students had a documented history of abuse or neglect.

This report highlights not only the known links between our schools and the criminal justice system, but also the connections that we have described as the “Foster Care to Prison Pipeline” – a constellation of risk factors, social & legal structures, laws and policies that link the Child Welfare & Foster Care systems to the Criminal Justice system in a multitude of ways.

Find the full report here: Suspending Chicago’s Students: Differences in Discipline Practices Across Schools