Talk to us about discipline and school safety

Rescheduled PASSAGE Forum: Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. at Margaret Allen Middle Prep

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 12.14.02 PM Metro Schools has pledged to take on the discipline gap, and we need your help to make it happen.

We are taking a hard look the policies, community issues and school cultures that lead to inequity in suspensions and expulsions. It's all done in a program called PASSAGE, run by the Annenberg Institute, involving school district in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Nashville. This effort is about giving every student a fair shot at an education and not disproportionately punishing students of color, which widens the achievement gap. We're doing this through a partnership with the Oasis Center and other community groups dedicated to helping young people.

How can you help? Please join us for a community forum where we will discuss suspension and expulsion policies, bullying, school safety and juvenile justice. We want your ideas and opinions on what is contributing to these issues and how we can address them at school and in our neighborhoods.

The first forum, held last month at Jefferson Street Baptist Church, was a huge success with a great turnout. More forums will be held all through February. Here is a schedule:

  • Feb. 5, 6:00pm at Carter-Lawrence Elementary School (1118 12th Ave. S.)
  • Feb. 12, 6:00pm at Life Church (215 Broadmoor Drive)
  • Feb. 19, 6:00pm at The Cohn School (4805 Park Ave.) 
    • CANCELED due to winter weather.
  • Feb. 26, 6:00pm at Faith Life Church (5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, inside Global Mall at the Crossings)\
  • May 12, 6:00 p.m. at Margaret Allen Middle Prep (500 Spence Lane, 37210)

Read more about PASSAGE.