These links lead to media coverage of harsh school discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline, with several pieces examining bias and reform in Los Angeles:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/los-angeles-school-discipline_n_5691323.html An uplifting recent story about L.A. schools’ shift away from zero-tolerance policies and reliance on police.
http://www.dignityinschools.org/content/grassroots-policy-transform-lausd-school-discipline-policing-students This piece is a recent post by Dignity in Schools, exploring the role of grassroots organizations in the L.A. school reform.
http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/12/local/la-me-student-discipline-20140112 Before the school reform mentioned above, the federal Department of Justice and Department of Education spar with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) over racial bias in school discipline.
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/11/local/la-me-ln-defiance-no-reason-to-suspend-students-school-board-president-says-20130411 This article provides another take on LAUSD’s decision to move away from suspensions.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/atiya-haynes-suspended_n_5987140.html A story of the negative impacts of zero-tolerance and a bizarrely severe ruling against an high-achieving Detroit student.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/education/report-criticizes-school-discipline-measures-used-in-mississippi.html This pieces considers action by both the federal government and civil rights organizations aimed at addressing harsh disciplinary outcomes in Mississippi schools.