Racial Subjugation by Another Name? Using the Links in the School-to-Prison Pipeline to Reassess State Takeover District Performance

Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Vol. 9, 2017

33 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2017

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Steven Nelson

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Date Written: January 18, 2017

Abstract

The state takeover of locally governed schools in predominately black communities has not disrupted the racial subjugation of black people in the United States. Using proportional analyses and the cities of Detroit, Memphis, and New Orleans as sites, the researcher finds that state takeover districts have not consistently disrupted the school-to-prison pipeline for black students in urban settings. Furthermore, the researcher found little evidence that would support broader and more intentional efforts to combat the over disciplining of black students in the United States Department of Education’s proposed rules for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In fact, the legislation perpetuates strategies that have aided the creation of the school-to-prison pipeline and supplies only strong recommendations to replace strategies that have compounded the harm of the school-to-prison pipeline. This finding is important in the context of education reform, particularly as researchers begin to question the motives and results of contemporary education reform. Moreover, this work is important to the current scholarly discussions that consider the many civil rights that black communities are required to exchange for the prospect of better schools.

Keywords: School-To-Prison Pipeline, Education Reform, Education Policy, Education Law, Critical Race Theory

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Steven, Racial Subjugation by Another Name? Using the Links in the School-to-Prison Pipeline to Reassess State Takeover District Performance (January 18, 2017). Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Vol. 9, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2901750

Steven Nelson (Contact Author)

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