As part of AISR's PASSAGE work in Nashville, Tia Martinez, a national expert on discipline disparities and the school-to-prison pipeline, was invited to share her findings using local data on student suspensions. She presented to a group of about 50 representatives from the school district, school board, and community partners, several of whom are part of the PASSAGE steering committee. Metro Nashville's Director of Schools Shawn Joseph was in attendance and, in addition to recognizing the PASSAGE work, said that the district must not only address discipline disparities but ensure that students are receiving the necessary social-emotional, mental health, and other supports. This article about the event appeared in the Tennessean.


Nashville's effort to cut student suspensions recognized by national expert
1490 By Jason Gonzales
The Tennessean 2/20/17


Community work in recognizing the need to lower suspension rates among Nashville students is one of the stronger efforts in the country, according to Tia Martinez, a national expert on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Part of that is because of the city's recent ability to rally awareness around the issue, Martinez said. The district has participated in the PASSAGE initiative, which stands for Positive and Safe Schools Advancing Greater Equity, for two years to try to curb suspension rates.

"You have so many (groups) at the table," Martinez told a PASSAGE steering committee during a Monday night presentation about how to address the school-to-prison pipeline. 

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