Student Discipline

“We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”

– Michelle Alexander



What’s at Stake

Mass incarceration is now referred to as the “new face of racial discrimination.” There has been a six-fold increase in the number of people imprisoned in the U.S. since 1970.

But what does prison have to do with the classroom? Too often, the classroom is where the “pipeline” or pathway to prison begins.

Great Schools in Wake and its coalition partners believe that schools should be safe and fair for ALL students. There are well-documented programs that mitigate student “pushout” without jeopardizing school safety and could easily be adopted in Wake County. If we want to increase student achievement and graduation rates, we need to carefully examine and reform our student discipline policies and practices. Students who are suspended are at a much greater risk of academic failure, behavioral problems, and psychological issues.


Learn More:

January 2019: Racial Equity Report Card Wake 2019

February 2014: New Video Spotlights School-to-Prison Pipeline in Wake County

January 2014: New Video about North Carolina’s School-to-Prison Pipeline

April 2013 Op-Ed: NC Lawmakers Widening the School-to-prison Pipeline

April 2012 Video: School-to-Prison Pipeline Forum Held at NC State University

August 2011: State Finds Wake Violated Law for Suspended Students with Disabilities, Again