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Students, School Board Fight For Changes To 'Gender-Discriminatory' Dress Code

Fifth-grader Manuela-Lynn Francis began last year at Barack Obama Elementary as a star student. Her favorite subject was math, she had straight A's, and loved going to school.

"One morning she was throwing up, she was so sick I actually had to convince her she couldn't go in... that's how much she loved school," said Tanya Francis, Manuela-Lynn’s mom.

"Counselors Not Cops" Event in Richmond Emphasizes Intersectionality Of School To Prison Pipeline

This week kicks off Dignity in Schools' 9th annual week of action, aimed at dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline with the theme “Counselors Not Cops.” There are six participating member organizations in Virginia. An afternoon workshop was hosted by three local non-profits, Go High, Mothers and Others, and GLSEN RVA. Through presentations, performances and activities, group leaders emphasized the intersection of marginalized youth in the school to the prison pipeline.

Exhibit Sheds Light On School-To-Prison Pipeline

 Incarcerated youth in Richmond worked with local artists for a new exhibit at Art 180 called Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out. It examines the role of schools in the school-to-prison pipeline.

The exhibit is part of a project called Performing Statistics. Their mission is to bring about policy change by connecting incarcerated youth with legislative authority. Mark Strandquist is Creative Director.

"That's the work, is just really being human megaphones for these teens whose voices have been systematically silenced.”