Efforts to Break the School to Prison Pipeline Are Working

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In collaboration with key community partners Citizen Action of New York, Alliance for Quality Education, Teen Empowerment, the Community Task Force on School Climate, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, The Children’s Agenda released “Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: How School Climate Supports Academic Success”, an analysis of the past five years, following the introduction of two substantial disciplinary reform efforts. This includes the new code of conduct, a progressive discipline policy enacted by the Board of Education in 2016, and implementation of restorative practices (with significant grant funding), that utilizes specially trained social workers and teachers to shift district culture towards relationship-building and away from exclusionary discipline.