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July 21, 2011
The U.S. Justice and Education departments are making disruption of the “school to prison” pipeline – which can begin with minor school infractions and can end in a lifetime of poverty – a new government objective. Announcement of the campaign, dubbed the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, follows the formal release earlier this week of a years-long study of almost 1 million Texas students that found by the time they were seniors, six in 10 had been suspended by or expelled from their schools. Nearly all of those students – 97.3 percent – received punishment for a violation that did not mandate suspension or expulsion, according to the study.
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