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Breaking the “school to prison pipeline”


Every year, thousands of at-risk U.S. schoolchildren are pushed out of the classroom and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems in a “school to prison pipeline.” Sixty-eight percent of males in states and federal prisons do not have a high school diploma, or never received a chance to earn one.

On Monday, November 9, the Towson University College of Education will host a panel discussion to discuss the educational climates in today’s schools and how educators can break this cycle.

The panel will feature the region’s top community and youth educators sharing critical insight on the dynamics of the epidemic, trends happening nationally and locally and the important role the educational environment plays. The speakers will also focus the problems that the educational climate played during this spring’s uprising in downtown Baltimore as well as how educators can be better prepared to offer students a more positive environment.

The panel will feature:

  • Reginald Thomas, Sr.
    Pastor for the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church and Towson alum 
  • Ms. Brittany Bolden
    Teacher from the Matthew A. Henson Elementary School and Towson alum 
  • Tary Scroggins
    Assistant principal at the Matthew A. Henson Elementary School
  • Jamal Jones
    Executive director of the Baltimore Algebra Project
  • A. Adar Ayira
    Project manager for Associated Black Charities
  • Pat Welch
    Dean of the School of Education at Morgan State University


The event is free and open to the public and will feature a reception afterwards. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit the event website.

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