ERIC Number: EJ982786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Welcome to a Special Issue about the School-to-Prison Pipeline: The Pathway to Modern Institutionalization
Houchins, David E.; Shippen, Margaret E.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v35 n4 p265-270 Nov 2012
The aim of this issue is to provide readers with a better understanding of the inexplicable connection between school, community, and incarceration, and how better prepared professionals can make a difference in the lives of youth in the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP). This issue provides readers with an awareness of the current status of the STPP and suggests the advancement of quality professional development (PD) research and practices. First, a brief historical perspective is provided on deinstitutionalization in special education. The argument is made that special education institutions of the past are eerily similar to juvenile justice (JJ) facilities of today. The contention is that JJ institutions and the STPP are evolving in a similar manner as special education did more than 40 years ago, providing the field with a cautionary tale filled with a sundry of potential and pitfalls. Then, a brief description is provided with regard to the characteristics of those in the STPP and those incarcerated. Connections are made to educational and civil right legislative mandates. Finally, each article in this issue is introduced. The articles are presented in the context that quality PD for the professionals who work with students along the STPP continuum can and do transform the lives of disenfranchised youth.
Descriptors: Special Education, Civil Rights, Normalization (Disabilities), Juvenile Justice, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, At Risk Persons, Correlation, Special Schools, Student Rights, Social Bias, Minority Groups, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, School Community Relationship, Teaching Methods, Disproportionate Representation, African Americans, Males, Professional Development, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001