234.1 sec. 001 - The School-to-Prison Pipeline (Spring 2019)
Instructor: Oscar Lopez (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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- Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 107
From January 10, 2019
To February 21, 2019
Course End: February 21, 2019
Class Number (1Ls): 31647
Class Number: 31647
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM
ThThis seminar will provide a broad survey of the origins and invidious impact of the school-to-prison pipeline. Students will have the opportunity to explore the interrelated issues of school discipline, racial and gender justice, juvenile justice, and policing through the lens of current events at schools in Alameda County, particularly in Oakland. Students will read short policy reports, scholarly writing, and local media accounts about efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline by increasing the use of restorative justice, addressing school-police relations and reducing racial bias in school discipline, among other efforts. Students will have the opportunity to apply the readings in small group projects, such as drafting legislation, debating, and preparing school expulsion defense strategies. Students will think critically about the viability of potential reforms in the context of today’s polarized political climate, as well as the role that advocates can play in increasing public awareness of, and working towards solutions to, the dire social, economic and political consequences of harsh school discipline.
This course is taught by Oscar Lopez, Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor with the Education Advocacy Clinic at EBCLC. The clinic is part of the Education, Defense and Justice for Youth (EDJY) practice group at EBCLC, which represents young people caught at the intersection of the juvenile justice and public education systems. The clinic represents youth in school discipline proceedings in Alameda County and provides representation and advocacy for youth in need of special education services.
The assignments will consist of readings, group projects, and short reflection papers. The final assignment will be a short policy memo or reflection paper on a topic explored in class, depending on student preference.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.
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