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At a congressional hearing billed as the first-ever focused on ending the “school-to-prison pipeline,” Edward Ward emerged as a voice of experience.
Ward, a recent high school graduate from Chicago, recalled classmates suspended for failing to wear ID badges and security officers patrolling hallways. Arrests were so common that a police processing center was created on campus “so they could book students then and there,” he said at the hearing Wednesday.
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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Encourages Strong Federal Legislative Effort To Address School Discipline Policies
(The Root) -- On Wednesday, less than two months after the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Mississippi officials for systematically incarcerating African-American children, the Senate heard its first-ever testimony about the "school-to-prison pipeline" -- the label assigned to the nationwide pattern of young people being sent to police stations, courtrooms and juvenile-detention centers for minor or trivial offenses.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found a basis for Nicole Cogdell's claim that she was racially discriminated against at the clothing retailer Wet Seal's King of Prussia store - the case now moves to federal court.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that the Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal illegally discriminated against a former store manager after one of the company's executives complained about too many black employees at a store in Pennsylvania, according to a New York Times report and an attorney involved in the case.