“[The] Students Trapped in the School-to-Prison Pipeline report assumes the very best of intentions of educators and administrators who are confronted with complex problems in their schools. It also assumes the very best of intentions of the people of Michigan who, because of their commitment to the most basic notions of fairness, will not consciously and deliberately defend discriminatory discipline.”
[The] report documents the disproportionate suspensions of public students of African descent in a significant number of school districts throughout Michigan. The School-to-Prison Pipeline problem experienced by these students and others is due in significant part to the following:
- Lack of universal access to quality education;
- Institutional obstacles that limit educational opportunities of children enrolled in school;
- The loss of educational opportunities by large numbers of students because competing institutional concerns displace consideration of what is in the best interest of the child;
- Sometimes insurmountable obstacles to restoration of lost educational opportunities;
- The criminalization of students who lose their educational opportunities.