STOP THE PIPELINE TO PRISON IN DALLAS ISD
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STOP THE PIPELINE TO PRISON IN DALLAS ISD

    1. Crystal Zermeno
    2. Petition by

      Crystal Zermeno

      Houston, TX

For more than a year, Dallas ISD parents, members of the Texas Organizing Project, have been working to change disciplinary policy in Dallas schools after seeing so many of their neighborhood’s young people, particularly African-American, Latino and special needs children, being pushed out of the classroom and often into our juvenile justice system.

A report released by the Council of State Governments confirms what DISD students and students across Texas have been experiencing firsthand, broken disciplinary systems with harsh punishment for minor infractions that have made our schools not places of learning and opportunity, but rather systems that funnel thousands of children into a cycle that often eventually leads to prison.

The report shows that 59% of Texas’ youth are suspended, expelled, or placed in an alternative education program at least once during their 7th through 12th grade years.  The data shows that race, even when other student and campus demographics are controlled for, is a strong predictor for whether a child will get suspended or expelled for non-criminal, minor misbehavior. This reiterates a recent report by the policy group Texas Appleseed revealed that during a recent school year 62% of misdemeanor tickets at DISD were issued to black students even though they make up just 30% of enrollment.

Instead of criminalizing youth, we need to return our schools to a place of learning. That's why parents and community members of the Texas Organizing Project have been organizing and calling for Dallas ISD Board of Trustees for more than a year to implement district-wide a proven system that reinforces positive behavior and learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.

That's why TOP parents, grandparents and community members would like you to join them in asking that the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees commit to stand up for Dallas students by working to implement a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support system in the district and working to create a public, bi-annual report of disciplinary referrals by race, school and special education status.

WE NEED SOLUTIONS, NOT JUST PUNISHMENT!

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    • Doris Abston HOUSTON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      This is a worthwhile project and the injustice needs to be eliminated. The system is aware of what it is doing to minority children, it was designed and orcheatred to destroy minority children. Therefore we as minority Parents must come together unified and prepared to protect our children..

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    • Rita Holley LUBBOCK, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a practice being used all over the US. It is a form of social control. We need to have more programs that strengthen family values,put education first in this country, and stop paying more to house an inmate than to teach a child. Our prison systems need stronger educational programs and teaching family skills. We have to turn the tide and educate more and imprison less. When an inmate is no longer a threat to society he needs to be trained to do a job to support him self and release him.

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