South Bend School Corporation: Hold a public forum on the school to prison pipeline!
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Please sign this petition demanding the South Bend School Corporation host a public forum on the school to prison pipeline in South Bend!
Since August 2016 members of Nu Black Power Movement of South Bend have worked to raise awareness about the school to prison pipeline. We lead a demonstration at the 2016 Indiana NAACP Statewide Education Summit, hosted a forum with last year's candidates for School Board, spoken at School Board meetings, and attended other community events on the school to prison pipeline and the importance of public education.
Throughout these past 7 months students, parents, and student-parent advocates have expressed to us their frustrations with building administrators and downtown Corporation officials by whom they feel ignored.
Because of this, Nu Black Power Movement of South Bend calls for the removal of policies 5610 and 5840 from consideration by the School Board and for the Corporation to plan and co-host a district-wide forum on school discipline with members of Nu Black Power Movement, Community Action For Education (CAFE), and Community Forum For Economic Justice.
This would be a forum wherein students, parents, and student-parent advocates can share their experiences with and voice their concerns to district officials, and to discuss solutions to stop the school to prison pipeline in South Bend.
Why is this petition surfacing now?
Policy 5610 is a revision of the Corporation's current policy which will report suspensions and expulsions to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Students may lose their driving privileges and/or work permit which could prevent or hamper their securing or maintaining employment.
Policy 5840, which was proposed to address "criminal organizations", is written so broadly that it allows for the potential punishment not just of acts but also for simply thinking of doing something. Worse, the procedures for reporting such acts is expansive, including employees such as janitors, cafeteria workers, and secretaries, individuals who usually have not been trained in educational practices, child psychology, or the very complex area of gang formation, structure, and activity.
While Black and White students constitute roughly 34% of the student body population respectively, Black students account for 62% of all students suspended. White students, on the other hand, make up only 15% of all students suspended.
During the 2013-2014 school year, White students were assigned 3,138 days of exclusion from South Bend Schools. During that same year, Black students were assigned 12,158 days of exclusion from South Bend Schools.
12,158 days of missed instruction.
12,158 x 7 classes = 85,106 missed classes.
85,106 x 47 minutes per class = ROUGHLY 4 MILLION MINUTES OF MISSED INSTRUCTION!
Ironically, the number 2 reason for which students are suspended is because of truancy. So, the corporation punishes students for missing classes by suspending them from classes.
We demand the School Board remove these policies from consideration and we demand the Corporation host a public forum on the school to prison pipeline in South Bend with members of Nu Black Power Movement, Community Action For Education (CAFE), and Community Forum For Economic Justice.
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