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Former Chicago Principal Regrets Expelling Student, Speaks On Discipline Reform

We came across this article/video in the WashingtonPost and thought it might be good to share those of our BOSSIP fam who are educators. Also, for those of you who have children who may be having difficulty at school…

Nancy Hanks was standing in an elevator, her eyes fixed on her cellphone, when the doors opened onto a familiar face. It was one of her former students, a boy she had expelled from the school she led in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.

She was flooded with fear. What had become of the student’s life? Had her decision helped set him on a path toward failure?

She also was flooded with regret. Why had she kicked him out of school? She could have chosen a different path, and a more courageous one, she said, recalling the encounter in a speech last month in Washington at the 25th anniversary summit for Teach for America.

She urged the other TFA alumni to examine their own contributions to the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately affects students of color and students with disabilities.

The education system in America is terribly damaged on several levels. Things have to change drastically if we plan on raising a generation of educated and motivated young people.

Image via Teach For America

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