Exclusionary discipline practices – including suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the courts – negatively impact both students and their communities. Students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by these practices as they are more likely to be suspended, expelled, and referred to court. In North Carolina, school-based referrals make up about 40% of the referrals to the juvenile justice system. Most of these referrals are for minor, nonviolent offenses. In the 2016-2017 school year, 92% of school-based referrals were for misdemeanors. Join ncIMPACT Initiative Director Anita Brown-Graham as she explores related challenges and collaborative solutions with a panel of state and local experts.
School Justice Partnerships (SJP) For More Information
The Challenge – What is the problem communities are facing?
- What Research Shows – School Justice Partnerships, North Carolina Judicial Branch
- Chief Justice, Governor announce new push to break school-to-prison pipeline
- SCSJ Issues 4th Annual Racial Equity Report Cards Highlighting Disparities in North Carolina Public Schools
- From School to Prison: The Criminal Justice Outcomes of Youth with Disabilities in North Carolina
- Guilt by disability: The criminalization of North Carolina’s schoolchildren
- North Carolina’s teacher and student demographics | Recruiting and retaining teachers of color
- Teacher Diversity Gap Persists in NC
- Why are so many students of color being suspended?
The Solution – What is the innovative solution we want to highlight?
- School Justice Partnership – NC Judicial Branch
- School-Based Complaints 5-Year Trend Analysis
- New Hanover County Holds Signing Ceremony for School Justice Partnership Renewal
- State Board of Ed receives hopeful report of progress in slowing NC’s school-to-prison pipeline
The Players – Who did what to make the innovative solution work in the community?
- New Hanover County MOU
- New Hanover County Schools, Board of Education
- New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
- City of Wilmington Police Department
- Town of Wrightsville Beach Police Department
- Town of Carolina Beach Police Department
- New Hanover County Social Services
- OJD Spotlight: A Discussion on School-Justice Partnerships with LaToya Powell
The Promise – Why do we think this solution holds promise for other communities?
- School Justice Partnership Toolkit – North Carolina Judicial Branch
- SJP Resources – North Carolina Judicial Branch
- Brunswick, Greene, Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Stanlyand Wayne Counties
- More counties sign on to state’s School Justice Partnership
- The power of a Black teacher
- Keeping children with disabilities in school by protecting their right to services