Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Karin Farrington;


The school-to-prison pipeline in the United States is significantly affected by the zero-tolerance policies and mainly impacts students of color. The school to prison pipeline refers to students of color who are disproportionately placed into the juvenile detention center (JDC). Several factors play a role in what can be done to minimize the number of students of color who enter the school-to-prison pipeline. One factor contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline is the ineffective school-based interventions that increase student dropout. Additionally, it is vital to analyze educators' perspective that intentionally or unintentionally promotes racial bias that may cause disparities and lead to the school-to-prison pipeline. Ultimately, when we refer to the data and injustice, it is important to discover what statistics and numbers show within various districts regarding the disproportionate number of minorities from disadvantaged backgrounds. The data presented in this thesis will show that one must be vigilant in the policies and procedures that negatively impact students of color.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis