SYSTEM FAILURE provides a framework for understanding the ways in which education policy across organizational settings contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline, as documented in the literature and as observed by authors in empirical studies of justice-involved youth in regular public schools, juvenile court schools, probation settings, and alternative schools. Burch and contributors argue that education policy fails low-income justice-involved youth in three major ways: maintaining silence around issues of structural racism and civil rights, marginalizing youth voice and culture and language, focusing on schools or the criminal justice system, and overlooking intermediate settings including the role of for-profit and not-for-profit education companies. While the problem of the school to prison pipeline has been well documented, the book adds critical detail and description of a policy process that tolerates the school-to-prison pipeline and stalls efforts to abolish it.

The book is intended for educators, students, policymakers and practitioners interested in a comprehensive introduction to the policy issues as well as advocates doing serious work on the issues.

chapter 1|30 pages

System Failure

Policy in the School-to-Prison Pipeline
ByPatricia Burch

chapter 2|23 pages

‘Softening’ School Resource Officers

The Extension of Police Presence in Schools in an Era of Black Lives Matter, School Shootings, and Rising Inequality
ByErica O. Turner, Abigail J. Beneke

chapter 3|27 pages

The Culture of Power Online

Cultural Responsiveness and Relevance in Vendor-Developed Online Courses
ByJennifer Darling-Aduana, Kathy Villalón, Annalee Good

chapter 4|19 pages

Redirecting the Teacher's Gaze

Teacher Education, Youth Surveillance, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
ByJohn Raible, Jason G. Irizarry

chapter 5|18 pages

Understanding the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Probation Youth

ByBo-Kyung Elizabeth Kim, Jessenia De Leon, Camille R. Quinn, Patricia B. Logan-Greene, Paula S. Nurius

chapter 6|23 pages

Exploring the Relevance and Use of Funds of Gang Knowledge among System-Impacted Latino Boys and Young Men

The Case of an Urban Continuation School
ByAdrian H. Huerta, Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

chapter 7|16 pages

Rising Up and Breaking Down

Youth Resilience and Institutional Failures in the School-to-Prison Pipeline
ByKeybo Wyze Carillo, Patricia Burch