Be Here Resource: A Toolkit About School Resource Officers and Girls of Color

This new report from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality takes a look at how girls of color are consistently arrested by and referred to school-based police officers in disproportionate numbers. It shows how black girls are 2.6 times as likely to be referred to law enforcement on campus and are nearly four times as likely to get arrested in school. Latinas are also heavily disproportionately affected by the presence of school-based police officers. The report outlines how these officers lack specific and regular training for these interactions, resulting in unnecessary arrests and possibly allowing implicit racial biases to cloud judgement. Concluding the report are policy and practice recommendations made in order to help teachers, administrators and school-based officers address in-school issues with girls of color without resorting to arrests or unnecessary interactions.

Unrealized Impact: The Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This report released by NewSchools Venture Fund highlights the stark lack of diversity in education leadership across the country and the detrimental effects this has on the educational achievement of a student body which is growing more racially and ethnically diverse every year. Greater levels of teacher and leader diversity in the education sector are shown to result in improved academic performance and fewer disciplinary problems. "Unrealized Impact" is the most comprehensive study done on this issue and makes the case for a number of different reforms and initiatives to address it and improve the hiring, retention and advancement of minorities in education leadership positions.

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood

This groundbreaking new study recently released by the Georgetown University Law Center uses comprehensive survey data to show how the perception of black girls by the majority of the public differs from that of their peers. The results show, among many other worrying findings, that black girls are perceived as being older, less in need of nurturing, less in need of protection, and that they know more about adult topics at a younger age. The report shows how these perceptions have profound implications for how black girls are treated in the education and juvenile justice systems relative to their peers of other ethnicities.

Juvenile Justice Reform Program Grants

Subject: Juvenile Justice, Youth Crime, Youth Incarceration, Youth Development, Youth Welfare | Deadline: Ongoing . . .

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Education Equity Assistance Centers Grants

Subject: Education, Race/Ethnicity, Education Access, Desegregation | Deadline: Aug. 22, 2016 . . .

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Zerline Hughes

Teaching Moment: Police Brutality and Raising a Black Son

What is happening right before our children’s eyes is the very R-rated stuff they’re not allowed to see at the movie theaters. This is the predicament that too many of us black parents are encountering right now with our young kids and teenagers. We find ourselves having to be gravely honest with them.

K-12 Education: Better Use of Information Could Help Agencies Identify Disparities and Address Racial Discrimination

This new report commission by the U.S. Government Accountability Office discusses data concerning the economic and racial make-up of K-12 students in public schools across the nation in an effort to help paint a comprehensive picture of poverty and race in schools. The data shows that the percentage of schools with students who are mostly poor and black or Hispanic is growing quickly and presenting new challenges to school systems. The report highlights these challenges and recommends possible solutions and actions to help these economically and racial disadvantaged students succeed.