For communities and advocates, fixing school discipline often focuses on the immediate harm students face from harsh, punitive, and prison-like discipline practices in schools. However, it is equally important to imagine and embody how we want our schools to shape a be...

“What’s the point of going to school if all they do is search me?”

Every day in LAUSD schools, administrators have to subject students to mandatory random metal detector searches. This search policy is justified by claiming they keep students safe. Proponents of the sea...

September 19, 2017

Decade Old Issue

Schools have been searching their students with metal detectors for at least the last 20 years. They justify this by claiming that it is for "school safety." They cite past incidents like in Columbine. In Los Angeles, about six years ago, a student dro...

May 26, 2012

Originally Published in the Huffington Post

My name is Nuvia Martinez and I’m currently a senior at Central High School.


I see students from different schools constantly dropping out. Everyone has their own reasons: its usually family problems, drugs, jobs, friends,...

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