234.1 sec. 001 - The School-to-Prison Pipeline (Spring 2020)
Instructor: Oscar Lopez (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.
- Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 10
From January 14, 2020
To February 25, 2020
Course End: February 25, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 31935
Class Number: 31935
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM
This seminar will provide a broad survey of the origins, history, and disparate impact of the school-to-prison pipeline. Students will also have the opportunity to develop, debate, and practice advocacy skills to combat the pipeline. Students will be expected to think critically about the intersection of school discipline; racial, gender, and disability justice; juvenile justice; and policing through the lens of current events at schools in Alameda County, particularly in Oakland and Berkeley. Course materials will include documentaries, podcasts, policy reports, book chapters, government and non-profit websites, the California Education Code, and news articles about efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline by removing police from schools, increasing the use of restorative justice, reframing "safety," and transforming the very structure of public schools, among other efforts. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through small group projects by drafting legislation and participating in mock expulsion and IEP hearings. Students will also hear from guest speakers, potentially including community organizers and restorative justice facilitators.
This course is taught by Oscar Lopez, Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor with the Education Advocacy Clinic at EBCLC. Professor Lopez represents young people caught at the intersection of the juvenile justice and school discipline systems in Alameda County. Professor Lopez also partners with local, state, and national organizers as part of larger systemic advocacy efforts.
In lieu of a final assignment, students will be expected to submit brief weekly reflections on the week's course materials.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
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