Chicago Draws Attention to Zero Tolerance in Public Schools

“Failed Policies, Broken Futures,” a new report on the effects of harsh discipline policies on learning and school resources, has been released by Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) grantee Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE). VOYCE is a youth organizing collaborative for education justice led by students of color from seven community organizations and eight Chicago public high schools.

National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” ran a 17-minute piece on zero tolerance on July 27, 2011, including Emma Tai, VOYCE Coordinator.  NPR included this segment in a series on education and the drop-out crisis.

Public Interest Projects’ Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) supports grassroots organizing initiatives that work to eliminate harsh school discipline policies and practices – and that uphold the right to education for all youth. Subscribe to the  JFSF e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on organizing to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

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