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ACLU hosting "School to Prison Pipeline" in Kalamazoo

The ACLU of Michigan’s Southwest Branch will host a public forum on September 28th at the Douglass Community Center at 1000 West Paterson Street, Kalamazoo, MI, from 7:00pm-8:30pm on the school-to-prison pipeline’s impact on students in Kalamazoo. Students and parents of students are encouraged to attend as the topic of conversation will center on students’ rights and responsibilities pertaining to suspensions and expulsions. For more information, contact Merissa Kovach at mkovach@aclumich.org.

Parents, students, and educators want the same thing: that all Michigan children have access to welcoming, safe schools.

Yet, surprisingly, Michigan’s constitution does not guarantee children the right to a quality education. In addition, an alarming number of students are forced out of school because of minor disciplinary problems.

When students are suspended or expelled they are at much higher risk of dropping out permanently, often ending up incarcerated rather than educated.

We can keep kids out of the school-to-prison pipeline!

 Please join the ACLU of Michigan’s Southwest Branch on September 28th at the Douglass Community Center at 1000 West Paterson Street, Kalamazoo, MI, from 7:00pm-8:30pm for a public forum on the school-to-prison pipeline’s impact on students in Kalamazoo. Students and parents of students are encouraged to attend as the topic of conversation will center on students’ rights and responsibilities pertaining to suspensions and expulsions. For more information, contact Merissa Kovach at mkovach@aclumich.org.


Our Project

 

At the ACLU of Michigan, we’re building coalitions

between school districts and communities to ensure

all our state’s children have access to safe schools and

a full education. Just like fire and police protection, we believe education is a fundamental right−not a privilege.

 

 

 

Get Involved!

Let’s make sure all students are protected by ensuring students the same due process we would any citizen. Instead of relying on zero-tolerance policies, which tie teachers’ hands, let’s involve parents to decide what punishments are appropriate and just.

Let’s empower schools to use disciplinary policies reasonably and consider alternatives to expulsion and suspension.

Let’s prepare all of Michigan’s kids for healthy, productive lives by guaranteeing the right to a quality public education

 

Let’s prepare students for graduation, not incarceration.

 

For more information, visit www.aclumich.org or contact us at education@aclumich.org

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