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234.1 sec. 001 - Illuminating and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in California (Spring 2023)
Instructor: Atasi Uppal (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 107
From February 27, 2023
To April 17, 2023
Course End: April 17, 2023
Class Number (1Ls): 32609
Class Number: 32609
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM
Students in this seminar will learn about multiple pathways in the “school to prison pipeline,” the significant impact on young people and young adults who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, and opportunities for community advocacy and systemic reform in California’s public schools.
Racial discrimination has permeated California’s public education system since its inception. However, in the last 50 years alone, students of color have faced new, insidious forms of discrimination at school, particularly in the form of outright exclusion from class and campus. But families and communities have continually pushed back, identifying critical areas for reform and demanding change.
Students will discuss and dissect various forms of school exclusion currently happening in California schools - suspension and expulsion, segregation of students with disabilities, threat assessments, transfer to alternative schools, school-based ticketing and arrests - and also learn from organizers and legal advocates about challenges and successes in transforming school funding, accountability, curriculum and culture to help young people who are BIPOC learn and thrive.
The goal of this seminar is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the complex school to prison pipeline and to understand how legal advocates can support the movement for racial justice in public education. Assignments will include readings and a final reflection or policy paper.
This course is taught by Atasi Uppal, Director and Clinical Supervisor with the Education Justice Clinic at EBCLC. Atasi represents young people impacted by the juvenile justice and school discipline systems in Alameda County. She has partnered for many years with state and national advocates and organizers to disrupt injustices in the public education and juvenile justice systems.
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