Los Angeles: Epicenter of High School Dropouts — Or Are They Pushed?

African American Drop Out Rate Over a million US students who start high school this year won't finish. In Los Angeles, only about half of entering students graduate, earning the city the designation by Education Week as a "dropout epicenter." But the National Dignity in Schools Campaign reframes the issue: most kids who don't finish haven't "dropped out." They've been "pushed out" by a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, and removal that disproportionately affects children of color. In … [Read more...]

LA Youth Come Together to Reform School Discipline

Today, 150 high school students from Los Angeles area high schools gathered for a Children’s Defense Fund- California (CDF) youth-led summit to mobilize for positive change and share stories in an effort to reform school discipline and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline is a national crisis that is pushing youth, especially boys of color, out of public schools and into the juvenile justice system. This crisis at the intersection of poverty and race puts black … [Read more...]