Ending the school to prison pipeline, starting by passing the Solutions Not Suspension Act (S1040, A5691), investing more in community schools and in culturally responsive sustaining education. Ending the school to prison pipeline, and investing in practices that build trust, positive relationships and help students stay in school, must be implemented. Too often we punish children and young people for the behavior or perception of adults, too frequently in the name of safety. This common-sense legislation has failed to pass for the last seven years, resulting in continued harm to students and teachers alike, especially Black and Brown students, students with disabilities, and gender non-conforming students. It is past time to have some basic statewide standards to make suspensions a last resort, and restorative justice the standard.
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