Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Tackles The ‘PUSHOUT’ Of Black Girls At School

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) knows that for too many Black girls, an average school day can spiral out of control with life-altering consequences. A fight with a classmate, a tense exchange with a teacher, or a dress code infraction, are increasingly yielding harsh disciplinary action and criminalization for children of color, including Black girls.

Today, data shows that while African American girls comprise about 16 percent of the U.S. school population, they now make up 33 percent of school-related arrests.

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