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Many of the entries on the resource list below are referenced in the “Education Under Arrest” broadcast and/or within the episode content of this site. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but offers some background on the issue, including successful program models. The list will be updated periodically through the premiere date of this critically important special episode.



Guilford County Schools in North Carolina has a focus directed to narrowing the achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their counterparts in its school system, while ensuring excellence for all students.

Los Angeles Unified School District – Pupil Services is a special unit that uses its counselors as liaisons between the home, school and community to empower students and motivate them to stay in school; they develop plans and strategies to reduce school dropouts.

Structured Alternative Confinement (SAC) School serves the Spokane (WA) community by promoting education, accountability and positive change for delinquent and truant youth, serving more than 200 students annually.

St. Louis Innovative Concept Academy offers a last chance to those students who have been expelled from regular schools or who have proven to be disruptive in the classroom for the kind of education every child needs and deserves to be successful in life.

The Civil Rights Project at UCLA has a mission that includes being a preeminent source of intellectual capital within the civil rights movement and deepening the understanding of the issues that must be resolved to achieve racial and ethnic equity.

The MAC Scholars Program (known formally as the Minority Achievement Committee) is a widely emulated program led by high-achieving juniors and seniors and aimed at improving the academic achievement of African American males at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio.

University of Connecticut Center for Behavioral Education and Research conducts and disseminates rigorous and “leading edge” research that improves educational and social outcomes for all children and youth in schools.



The ACLU believes that children should be educated, not incarcerated and work to challenge numerous policies and practices within public school systems and the juvenile justice system that contribute to the school to prison pipeline.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis; it puts faces on the numbers and generates understanding about the risk factors and what caring adults can do to help.

Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming the Washington State’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice is a nationwide coalition of State Advisory Groups and allies dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning envisions a world where families, schools, and communities work together to promote children’s success in school and life and to support the healthy development of all children. It executes this vision by establishing social and emotional learning as an essential part of education.

Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in U.S. schools and advocates for the human right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. It unites parents, youth, educators and advocates in a campaign to promote local and national alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal.

Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track (a project of the Advancement Project) For the past ten years, Advancement Project has focused on the use and devastating effects of harsh school discipline policies and practices and the increased role of law enforcement in public schools. They working both the national level and on the ground with community partners to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports reform in 16 states through the Models for Change initiative and aims to help accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions.

Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization working to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois. It advocates to reduce reliance on detention, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.

Juvenile Regional Services is a nonprofit law office that advocates for systemic juvenile justice reform and provides holistic advocacy and wraparound services for at-risk youth who are caught up in New Orleans’ juvenile justice system. It helps young people solve the root problems that can lead to arrest and impede rehabilitation.

Models for Change supports a network of government and court officials, legal advocates, educators, community leaders and families working together to ensure that kids who make mistakes are held accountable and treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to reversing the pipeline. In partnership with community organizations, LDF has introduced and proposed a number of groundbreaking programs and advocacy efforts aimed at returning the emphasis to education instead of exclusion and incarceration.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (membership site) is a national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the U.S. and more than 45 countries around the world, with a focus on promoting excellence in school leadership.

National Center on Response to Intervention works in conjunction with researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center’s mission is to provide technical assistance to states and districts and build the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education advocates the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, and fosters relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people.

National Resource Bank (NRB) developed by Models for Change

National Women’s Law Center includes in its work improving graduation rates for girls and addressing the needs of young women who are most at risk of failing to meet their educational goals.

New Orleans’ Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) was started as the first-of-its-kind re-entry program for juvenile offenders in Louisiana and expanded to become the region’s most comprehensive agency working with at-risk, court-involved and out-of-school youth.

Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) is a federation of congregations, schools and allied community organizations, representing over 40,000 families in Oakland, CA, which brings common values from diverse faith, racial, political and social traditions into the public arena through action on concrete issues.

OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports gives schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

PICO National Network builds community organizations based on religious congregations, schools and community centers (which are often the only stable civic gathering places in many neighborhoods), engages thousands of people and sustains long-term campaigns to bring about systematic change at all levels of government.

Schott Foundation for Public Education supports an “Opportunity to Learn” frame on educational policy, which focuses on ensuring that resources are provided for all students to have an equitable opportunity to learn and produce high achievement outcomes.

Southern Policy Law Center works to replace unnecessary juvenile detention with proven, community-based alternatives and to protect imprisoned children and teens from abuse and safely reduce the number of imprisoned children.

Stand Up for Each Other! is a collaboration of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, law students from Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University and Young Adults Striving for Success that addresses the disproportionate impact of suspensions and expulsions on students by teaching youth ways to exercise their statutory right to administrative hearings.

The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission of expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare to underserved communities and challenging residents to think about their health—defined very broadly—beyond the good vs. bad choices people make.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation aims to empower society’s most vulnerable children by addressing three main levers that impact their ability to break the cycle of poverty: education and learning; food, health and well-being; and family economic security.

Washington Models for Change works in partnership with other public and private entities in six counties, helping to advance local efforts to ensure that the juvenile justice system not only holds young offenders accountable for their actions, but keeps them from harm, provides for their rehabilitation and increases their chances to succeed in life.



College Board 8th Annual AP Report (College Board)

“Delinquency in Florida’s Schools: A Seven-Year Study” (Florida Department of Juvenile Justice)

“High School Dropout Rates” (Child Trends DataBank)

“Juvenile Detention” (Child Trends DataBank)

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice

“Oakland Community Organizations: Building a Districtwide Movement for Small Schools Reform” (Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University)

“Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School” (Civil Rights Project)

“Report: Education Interrupted: The Growing Use of Suspensions in New York City’s Public Schools (2011)” (New York Civil Liberties Union)

“Status Dropout Rates” (National Center for Education Statistics)

“Telling Like It Is: Youth Speak Out on the School-to-Prison Pipeline” (Advancement Project)

“The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration: No Place for Kids” (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

“The Urgency of Now” (Schott Foundation for Public Education)

“When Girls Don’t Graduate, We All Fail.” (National Women’s Law Center)



“Black males more likely to graduate in NC”

“Durbin Holds Hearing on Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline”

Juvenile In Justice

“Mentoring Matters: Bolstering the Success of Young Black and Latino Males Without Stepping Foot in a Classroom”

“‘School-to-prison pipeline’ hearing puts spotlight on student discipline”

“School Security Boosts Student Insecurity? Show Me the Numbers: Why metal detectors in black schools can do more harm than good.”

“Suspending to Mentorship: How to Curb the School-to-Prison Pipeline”

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