New report finds active school-to-prison pipeline in Wake County
Advocates for Children’s Services released a report today that finds that Wake County Public Schools’ African American students, students who have a disability, and students who are economically disadvantaged are at particular risk of finding themselves on a pathway toward the criminal system.
Some key findings of the report include:
- Long-term suspension rates in WCPSS were among the highest in North Carolina, in part due to the district’s severe shortage of alternatives to suspension (e.g., restorative justice, community service, and mandatory counseling).
- The district had a severe shortage of school psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors, with ratios well below national recommendations.
- The alternative schools and programs within the WCPSS are highly segregated, low-achieving and punitive.
The report calls out Wake County for failing to institute needed reforms to its discipline policies over the past two years, when the county began making changes to reduce suspensions.
Read the full report by clicking here.