Let’s Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

NEA recognizes this is a serious issue that deserves serious solutions and is tackling the problem on multiple fronts.

The new collaborative toolkit, “Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships and Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools,” comes on the heels of widely publicized independent research that challenges virtually every notion behind the frequent use of disciplinary policies that remove students from the classroom.

“Far too many of our most vulnerable students are excluded from class for minor, non-violent behavior,” cautions NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, “putting them at great risk for academic failure and an unnecessary journey down the school-to-prison pipeline. And far too many educators lack the support and resources to meet their students’ developmental needs.”