October Scholars Gild Discussion

Arden Scholars Gild to Discuss
Tuesday October 21 at 7:30 PM
Lower Gild Hall

Zero tolerance discipline in our schools: the impact on access to quality education

One of the top three strategic priorities for the ACLU of Delaware is to ensure equal access to quality education for all Delaware children. Zero tolerance discipline policies in schools are a major obstacle to equal access because they have a disparate impact on special needs students and students of color, especially African American boys. This conversation will touch on both national and local efforts to deduce the impact of zero tolerance discipline.

Kathleen MacRae—Short Bio

Kathleen MacRae is the executive director of the ACLU of Delaware since 2010. She began her career with the ACLU at the New Mexico affiliate as the Director of Development in 2008. She serves on the board of directors of Equality Delaware, Inc. and Common Cause, Delaware Chapter.

Kathleen has a Master’s Degree in social work from Rhode Island College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has a wide range of experience in small business consulting, non-profit management, strategic planning, legislative advocacy and communications. Before joining the ACLU, she led the effort to eliminate the death penalty in New Mexico as the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty. In March 2009, after a 10 year effort, New Mexico’s death penalty was abolished.

References:
ACLU website
https://www.aclu.org/school-prison-pipeline
Other websites
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_tolerance_(schools)
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/factsheets/zt_fs.aspx
http://www.nea.org/home/alt-zero-tolerance-policies.html
Newspaper articles
http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/07/zero-tolerance-policies-are-destroying-the-lives-of-black-children/
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/education/seeing-the-toll-schools-revisit-zero-tolerance.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0