Bring fairness to our educational system: Support SB 100

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Just one school suspension can put a child on a path to a lifetime of incarceration. That’s why we wrote a law with the hopes of plugging the school-to-prison pipeline.

Research shows that today’s schools overuse out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests. Most of these disciplinary actions are in response to minor offenses that did not pose a threat to school safety. But as a result of these strict policies, students are losing millions of instructional days per year!

We are Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, or VOYCE, a youth-led organizing collaborative, representing young people and students from around Chicago. Students of color across Illinois are much more likely to be suspended or expelled under the current system of harsh, punitive exclusionary policies, even for the most minor infractions. National and statewide research shows that once suspended, a student is six times more likely to repeat a grade, five times more likely to drop out, and nearly three times more likely to be in contact with the juvenile justice system the following year.

SB 100 puts an end to these drastic policies while still providing educators with the tools they need to determine appropriate disciplinary measures.  We are calling on the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Rauner to pass and sign SB 100.

This law would make a huge difference in the future of millions of students by limiting the use of out-of-school punishments at publicly funded schools, prohibiting the use of disciplinary fines and fees and creating greater consistency in school disciplinary practices. In short, the bill will help more students stay in school and on track academically, all while continuing to give educators discretion in ensuring school safety.

Illinois’ highest-need students are dropping out of school or ending up in the criminal justice system, at enormous cost to taxpayers. There are better, more restorative ways to discipline students; suspensions and expulsions should never be an option for incidents that can be addressed within the school environment.

The consequences of writing off so many of America’s youth are too severe to ignore. SB 100 is the first bill designed and written by students  and is the first of its kind in the nation, but with your help it won’t be the last. States across the nation will be able to look at SB 100 as a way of making positive change in our educational system.  Join us and help us change America’s future, ask Illinois to do the right thing and pass SB 100.  


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