Illinois SB100. Students advocate to end the school to prison pipeline. So should you. UPDATED. 


UPDATED:  SB100 5/20 passed both chambers of the GA and has been sent to the Governor for his signature. 

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is a youth organizing collaborative for education and racial justice led by students of color from community organizations across the city of Chicago.

One focus of their organizing is SB100, a bill sponsored by Senator Kim Lightford passed the Illinois Senate by a wide margin.

The intent of SB 100 is to stop the no tolerance discipline policies in Illinois schools.

SB 100 will curb the overuse of suspensions and expulsions throughout Illinois. The bill reforms the school disciple code by:
  • Placing standards on the use of long-term out of school suspensions, expulsions and other harsh disciplinary practices
  • Prohibiting the use of all disciplinary fines and fees
  • Prohibiting the “zero-tolerance” policies that lead to high numbers of suspensions and expulsions of students of color
  • Allowing schools to have local decision making authority over student discipline issues.

Next stop is the Illinois House.

SB 100 is a groundbreaking effort led by youth leaders from VOYCE, who have been in Springfield advocating every week for almost 2 years now. SB 100 would represent the most significant “school-to-prison pipeline” state legislation ever passed in the U.S. 

Illinois has one of the highest racial disparities in the country when it comes to school discipline. SB 100 would help to change that. 

Call or email your Illinois State Representative.

5 Replies to “Illinois SB100. Students advocate to end the school to prison pipeline. So should you. UPDATED. ”

  1. Fred, I’ve been following your blog for many years.  You’ve been on the money 99% of the time.  God knowswhat the 1 percent is.  This bill is stupid!!!  Teachers need to get the disruption out of the classroom in  order to teach.  Now we have “Legislatures” the same people who want to “steal our pensions” telling schools how to discipline idiots who can’t behave and really don’t want to learn.  They are there to socialize and to disrupt to assert power in the classroom.  There has got to be a better solution to suspension, because that just gives them more freedom to be on the street.  Other than a holding tank, some time of “in school”suspension would keep them off the street and perhaps if miserable enough, would get them to realize thattheir behavior will not work to their benefit.

    Tony Gies

    1. Tony,
      Thanks for following the blog, even if we disagree 1% of the time. Even my wife doesn’t agree with me 100% of the time.
      Look. I taught for 30 years. Thousands of kids.
      I understand that some kids are disruptive for lots of different reasons.
      But there is no evidence that zero tolerance policies work. And the trend that we see where police are called for what are school discipline issues is just nuts.
      SB100 didn’t start with the legislature. It started in the community by active and engaged young people. The very ones who agree with you that we need safe, learning environments for students and teachers.

  2. I agree, these students must be removed from the regular classroom. They rob the other students of their right to learn in a safe environment. The best in-school suspension I ever saw was when I taught at a Catholic grade school. Students were seated at a desk and chair in the book room within sight of the principal and secretary. They were not given work to do or books to read. They just sat all day. If they fell asleep they were woken up. Yes, it was a day of lost academic learning, just like making them stay home for suspension. However, the tedium and boredom of just sitting for a whole school really taught the students a lesson. All the time I taught there, there were no repeat offenders.

  3. Sorry but this bill is a travesty. It will mostly undermine discipline in the inner city schools, where it is important to remove disruptive, dangerous and disrespectful students. When is the focus going to be on the kids who WANT to learn, and not on the kids who don’t care? The idea that schools and teachers are purposely or inadvertently working to send minority students into the “school to prison pipeline” is absurd in the highest degree. Schools are going to be even more chaotic than they already are. That’s a fact. You’ve just allowed the inmates to run the asylum. I teach in an urban district btw. 15 years and counting. I know what I speak of.

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