(Released February 1, 2016) In Rochester City School District, like many other places around the country, young people are routinely subjected to extreme discipline and kicked out of school for behavior that used to get students sent to the principal’s office or guidance counselor. This trend towards harsh discipline is known nationally as the school-to-prison pipeline. The overuse of suspension, expulsion, and school-based arrest has real consequences for our schools and communities: suspension increases the possibility that a student will repeat a grade, drop out of school, and become involved in the juvenile justice system.

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