Denver is Leading the Way in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline. Here's How.

Denver is Leading the Way in Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline. Here’s How.

In middle school, Jhovani Becerra witnessed his classmates get suspended for small infractions like mouthing off to teachers or violating the school dress code. The student from Denver, Colorado, thought such a system was perfectly normal.It wasn't until high school that Becerra, 18, who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a young child, realized it wasn't. In his new school the administration offered emotional support to struggling students instead of a zero-tolerance policy that demanded blanket punishments for even minor infractions.
"Going to middle school, I thought that was the norm at all schools," Becerra, who recently graduated, told The Huffington Post. Teachers "only looked at the behavior and the consequences, not what's causing the behavior," he said. "I don’t want [my children] to grow up with schools like that."
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