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Unite for Students Gears Up to Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline

SAN FRANCISCO — A new volunteer group has formed to battle the school-to-prison pipeline, a problem that has hit some San Francisco schools especially hard. Unite for Students (US) is dedicated to empowering San Francisco parents to break the school-to-prison pipeline by connecting them to resources, organization tools and information.

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the pattern of events that push students out of the classroom into the juvenile justice system, eventually leading to incarceration as an adult. Often these events that thrust youth out of the education system and into our overcrowded prisons are directly related to zero-tolerance school discipline policies, low parental involvement in schools, and a lack of diversion programs.

US will help break this pipeline by empowering parents to demand policy change in the San Francisco Unified School District. US advocates the following policies as a key to breaking this pipeline: restorative justice as an alternative to zero-tolerance discipline, early college counseling that includes information about enrolling in A through G courses necessary for college attendance, and increased parental involvement through the formation of parent teacher organizations.

In addition, US will join parent and community organizations in an alliance targeting the school-to-prison pipeline. By working together, US strongly believes that this pipeline can be transformed into a school-to-success pipeline.

In its effort to address the school-to-prison pipeline in San Francisco, US has partnered with Mo Magic in the Western Addition. This partnership allows US to work more closely with one of the communities most deeply affected by these pressing issues. US plans to announce an important event soon that will be focused on educating parents about the school-to-prison pipeline problem.

Unite for Students is funded by the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco.

About the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good:

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good is dedicated to inspiring and preparing students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service and the common good.

 The McCarthy Center provides a forum for education, service and research in public policy-making and programs for the common good. It supports undergraduate and graduate academic programs, provides service learning, and government experiences for students and generates publishable research. A curriculum that blends rigorous intellectual training with fieldwork experience prepares students to articulate and promote the common good of all society’s members through careers or service in government, non-profits or the private sector.


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