Break the Cycle: Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Film screening and discussion

May 14, 2014, 6pm-8pm

Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St NW

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Join Councilmember David Grosso, Ghost Note Agency, and the Dream Defenders for a documentary screening and panel discussion on school discipline policies and the school-to-prison pipeline.

The documentary, produced by the Dream Defenders, examines current public policy and school discipline practices that have landed a disproportionate number of students of color trapped within the school-to-prison pipeline in urban cities such as the District of Columbia, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Following the screening, three panelists will share critical insight on the dynamics of the epidemic and trends happening nationally and locally.


  • Thena Robinson Mock, Project Director - Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, a project of The Advancement Project
  • Dr. Ian Roberts, Principal - The Academies at Anacostia
  • Eduardo Ferrer, Legal and Policy Director - DC Lawyers for Youth

Why attend?

  • The Impact of the School to Prison Pipeline has been made a national point of discussion by Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan
  • It costs approximately $47,000 per inmate per year to keep a young (and relatively healthy) inmate locked up.  
  • Minority students have less access to advanced courses, more inexperienced teachers and face tougher disciplinary consequences than their counterparts, a new trove of federal data shows, affirming long-held beliefs about disparities in the classroom.
  • 40 percent of Black youths with disabilities are arrested after leaving high school compared to 27 percent of White youths with disabilities.

For more information, please contact the Office of Councilmember David Grosso at (202) 724-8105.