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October CPHA Webinar
Monday, October 02, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Category: CPHA Webinar

CPHA Webinar on October 2: Health, Equity & Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline In Colorado

The webinar will focus on PJU’s nationally recognized work to end racial disparities in discipline by eliminating suspensions and expulsions for routine behavior issues and limiting the role of police in discipline. Students of color in Colorado are 2-3 times more likely to be suspended and expelled than white students. We will also explore impacts on undocumented students, review recent district data and trends, and consider policy and advocacy tools.

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Daniel Kim is the Director of Youth Organizing at Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (Parents & Youth United), a grassroots educational justice & immigrant rights organization based in Denver, built from the roots of the historic Chicano movement in the US Southwest.  Daniel leads Padres’ 13-year campaign to End the School-to-Jail Track, which envisions an end to the racist push-out/drop-out and criminalization of youth of color in Colorado’s public schools. The youth-led campaign has won a landmark package of reforms that has made Padres & Jóvenes Unidos a founder and leader of the national movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline. In 2008, PJU was able to rewrite the discipline code of Denver Public Schools. In 2012, the campaign built and led a coalition to pass SB94, the Smart School Discipline Law, to end zero tolerance in school discipline statewide. And in 2013, Jóvenes Unidos won one of the country’s first agreements between a school district and police department to limit the role of police in schools. Daniel has been a social movement organizer for more than 15 years, organizing in schools and neighborhoods, on college campuses, and on the buses of Los Angeles. From 2002 - 2008 he was a faculty member of the English Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He has two children in Denver Public Schools.