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Schools & Pushout

More than Reduced Police Presence: Schools Must Commit to Implementing Restorative Justice.

by | Jul 17, 2020 | Restorative Justice Practices

In this historic moment, cities across the nation are recognizing the damage caused by police presence in schools. From disproportionate action in response to small offenses, to police involvement in tantrums...

Making Schools Safe for Girls of Color

by | Mar 17, 2020 | Schools & Pushout

This photograph features Dr. Monique W. Morris at the October screening of PUSHOUT, hosted by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity. Read the...

Schools Get Graded on Racial Equity

by | Feb 18, 2020 | Schools & Pushout

Holding districts accountable and closing the racial achievement gap is the long game, but the first step is proving the problem’s scale. “People want to hear about the evidence,” says Rebecca...

Why the approval of the JCPS Females of Color STEAM Academy brought me to tears

by | Feb 11, 2020 | Adultification Bias

In a 2017 research article from the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law, “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhood,” authors Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake and Thalia...

Protect Black Girls Before It’s Too Late

by | Nov 25, 2019 | Adultification Bias

From a young age, adults hypersexualize and adultify black girls; they’re seen as more mature than their white counterparts and, because of this, adults fail to protect them. The lack of...

When ‘Incorrigible’ Teen Girls Were Jailed

by | Nov 14, 2019 | Adultification Bias

Times have changed since the 1930s, and girls’ experiences in the criminal justice system have too. Yet echoes of my grandmother’s time remain. According to the report “The Sexual Abuse to...

Black students are punished more in school due to racism

by | Nov 04, 2019 | Adultification Bias

Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality released a study, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, in 2017 about perceptions of innocence in black girls. The study found that...

When officers bring danger, not safety, to school campuses

by | Sep 27, 2019 | Juvenile Justice

Teachers may misinterpret trauma-related behavior — struggles to focus in class, sleeping in class, being irritable — as being disrespectful. In addition, adults view black girls as less in need of...

An education without oppression benefits everyone. Here’s what we can do

by | Sep 24, 2019 | Schools & Pushout

What little acknowledgment exists, is still geared towards boys’ perspectives. What about Black girls and trans students who experience racism quite differently? …A 2017 study by the Georgetown Law Center on...

I Don’t Want To Be The “Bad Black Child:” The Erasure Of Black Girlhood In Schools And Its Far-Reaching Impact

by | Aug 05, 2019 | Adultification Bias

“It’s really striking that in the context of childhood, which is the epitome of innocence, Black girls are not getting the benefits of being viewed as innocent,” Rebecca Epstein, the executive...