New York Times on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The New York Times published a good editorial earlier this week on the school-to-prison pipeline issue:

[B]y criminalizing routine disciplinary problems, they have damaged the lives of many children by making them more likely to drop out and entangling them, sometimes permanently, in the criminal justice system. The policies are also discriminatory: black and Hispanic children are shipped off to court more frequently than white students who commit similar infractions.

According to the Times, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force  has found that “the overwhelming majority of school-related suspensions, summonses and arrests are for minor misbehavior, behavior that occurs on a daily basis in most schools.”