"...and they cared": How to Create Better, Safer Learning Environments for Girls of Color
This brief from the National Women’s Law Center and The Education Trust examines the ways in which school disciplinary policies codify discrimination against female students of color. The brief notes that school dress code violations often result in exclusionary punishments, such as sending the student home to change and placing the student in in-school suspension; these exclusionary punishments decrease the amount of time the student spends receiving classroom instruction, thus creating learning loss. The resource also details the social and emotional harm that female students of color experience when facing suspension or expulsion for nonviolent violations of the student code of conduct. Lastly, the report identifies biased policies as a systemic issue that requires a targeted shift in school climate and culture to reduce overall suspension and expulsion rates.