ACLU-PA School Resources

American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania:

Defending Liberty Where It Began

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ACLU-PA publishes new edition of report: Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools

The role of law enforcement has expanded dramatically in Pennsylvania’s public schools in the past 15 years. As police have assumed a full-time presence in schools, they have become involved in a broad range of school matters, including incidents or conflicts normally handled by school administrators. Pennsylvania ranks 9th in the nation for the rate at which students are referred to law enforcement.

Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools examines both police involvement in schools and school-administered discipline, such as suspension and expulsion. The overall result of these practices has been that more youth are being removed from schools and involved in the justice system. The report identifies which students are most affected, discusses new research findings on racial disparities in discipline, presents federal policy statements on school discipline, and highlights promising new reforms.

Accompanying the report is a comprehensive website – www.aclupa.org/bzt – with a slideshow presentation of the report,  useful resources for advocates, educators, parents, and students, and a Q&A addressing frequently asked questions about school discipline and policing.

If you would like paper copies of the report or are interested in coordinating a workshop or presentation, contact Harold Jordan at click here or 215-592-1513, x123.

 

Must-Have Resource: Know Your Rights: A Handbook on the Rights of Students in Pennsylvania – ACLU-PA

Know Your Rights: A Handbook on the Rights of Students in Pennsylvania is an 80-page handbook on the rights of students in a Q&A format.  It contains key sections on school security and student privacy rights, school discipline, freedom of expression, student use of the internet, and other topics.

The handbook discusses the due process rights of students in disciplinary proceedings and searches conducted in schools, and offers tips for students to protect their rights when interacting with school officials and police.

The handbook is a comprehensive, great resource for juvenile advocates, as well as for students and their families.