Session A - Zero Tolerance Policy, 9am - 12pm
Purpose: To examine Zero Tolerance Policies and their impact on schools, education, and students. In addition, to examine how these policies stretch beyond the school environment and have a broader social and economic impact. Specifically, zero tolerance policies have been strongly linked to the school-to-prison pipeline and recent research conducted by the National Education Policy Center found that zero tolerance policies put children at an increased risk of truancy and incarceration. The past and present of zero tolerance will be highlighted. Please review the resource links provided below for background information on this issue and come prepared to participate in our group discussion.
Session B - Federal Equity Policy Overview, 1pm - 5pm
Purpose: Our group's aim is to connect the dots between federal policy, and state and local implementation of those policies in regards to equity in education. Using Michigan State University’s 60/50 Project as inspiration, we seek deeper understanding of the impact of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) on segregation and transportation in Michigan's Schools, and the intersection of how ESEA (1965) and Title I was designed and how effective it is. Our learning goals include: gaining better insight into how federal policy effects local school districts, developing a greater understanding of the implications from historic policies on contemporary contexts, and examining the reactions of local districts to policy demands.