August 29 2016

Riverside Press-Enterprise – #SchoolsNotPrisons tour stops in San Bernardino to advocate for education

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…Tia Martinez, a national advocate for school discipline reform, gave a historical perspective behind what she said was a doubling of suspension rates over the past 40 years – nearly a tripling for African American students. There wasn’t an increase in major incidents to account for the increase, she said. “The explosion is driven by much more small things: the tardies, the not paying attention in class,” Martinez said. “Everything that used to be ‘the teacher is going to talk to you after class,’ ‘the teacher is going to call home,’ got bumped up to suspensions. And everything that was a suspension got bumped up to an arrest.” Martinez said a single suspension doubles the risk of a person being retained a grade and doubles his risk of dropping out…

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