Source: Richmond Magazine

Closing the Pipeline

A coalition of local and national organizations is calling for Virginia to place a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions, which disproportionately affect African-American students.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign launched its “Solutions not Suspensions” initiative at a Thursday afternoon press conference held at the state NAACP headquarters in Richmond. The national campaign, started in 2012, has found support among 22 organizations across 14 states.

“The consequences of school pushout are so dire because pushout undermines the educational outcomes of students of color,” says Janel George, senior education policy counsel for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is supporting the campaign.

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