The NM Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) Education Committee and the NM Public Broadcast System (PBS) presents “Education Under Arrest” by Tavis Smiley. The film looks at the efforts by those on the frontlines of juvenile justice reform and what programs are successful in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline.
After the film a panel discussion takes place to focus on our education system and how it affects students, the school-to-prison pipeline, and other issues that are keeping kids from achieving in school. After the film there is a group discussion and other presenters to discuss solutions to the challenges presented during the film.
Far too often, students are suspended, expelled or even arrested for minor offenses that leave visits to the principal’s office a thing of the past. *Albuquerque Public schools reported for every 100 Black students, there were 15.8 suspensions in 2010-11, compared to 5.7 for every 100 White students. They also reported Black, Hispanic, and Native American students have disproportionately high suspension rates.
For this reason, the NM Office of African American Affairs education committee brings awareness to our community to come up with solutions to stop this phenomenon.
While it’s easy to think the school-to prison pipeline only impacts particular students and their respective families, we must remember that our whole society will feel the consequences. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. We must remember that we cannot teach a student who is not in school.
If you would like more information on upcoming projects surrounding this topic please contact Beverly Jordan at OAAA (505) 383-6220 or you can email her at Beverly.Jordan@state.nm.us. You can also watch "Education Under Arrest."