The Challenge

In 2015, the Ferguson Commission published the Forward through Ferguson Report, sharing 189 recommendations, or calls-to-action. Based on expert testimony, research and experiences collected by the Commission, “Reforming School-Based Discipline” was found as a Call-to-Action in the Report.

The Solution

After much deliberation, research and dialogue, a team of Impact Fellows decided to produce a multimedia advocacy campaign, providing tools for citizens to tackle the regional issue of racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions.

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Although Black children make up only 17% of Pre-K through 3rd grade students in the state, they received almost 70% of all out-of-school suspensions in the 2013-2014 year.

During the 2011-12 school year, elementary schools in Missouri suspended 14.3% of black students at least once compared with 1.8% of white students. The 12.5 point gap is twice the national disparity.

Young students who are expelled or suspended are as much as 10 times or 1000% more likely to experience academic failure and grade retention, hold negative school attitudes and face incarceration that those who are not.

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Although black children make up 18% of the national pre-school population, they account for 48% of suspensions.

Let’s #LEADforAllKids.

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LEARN

more about racial disparities in out-of-school suspensions, as well as recommended solutions through resources found here.

ADVOCATE

for ALL kids by sharing the Let’s LEAD video, website and resources with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues — on social media and offline.

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ENGAGE

with local school and government leaders to understand your district’s discipline policy and community priorities.

DISMANTLE

the school-to-prison pipeline through continued persistence in this work.