School-Based Legal Services as a Tool in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Achieving Educational Equity
13 U. Md. L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 212-36, Fall 2013
20 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2014 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014
Date Written: December 1, 2013
Advocates fighting against the "school-to-prison pipeline" pipeline have focused on resource starvation, zero tolerance disciplinary policies, excessive suspensions and expulsions, school policing, and high-stakes testing that affect youth of color once they begin attending school. Youth of color are disproportionately likely to be from low-income families, and they face particular challenges as a result of the interaction between poverty and racism. This Article has three aims: to analyze the way in which poverty makes youth of color particularly vulnerable to involvement in the pipeline; to argue that advocates should include poverty and its ill effects in the discourse around ending the pipeline; and to propose the establishment of more school-based legal clinics as one step toward ameliorating poverty's negative effects, and ultimately the pipeline.
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