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The NAACP and the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs is inviting the community to join in a forum that will address school suspension and exclusion policies in Spokane Public Schools.

According to an announcement, this is a follow up discussion to last year’s School to Prison Pipeline panel discussion held by the NAACP. Following last year’s discussion, Spokane Public Schools created the Community Action Team, which has been working the past year on reviewing policy and formulating recommendations to the School Board and the School Administration.

This Community Forum is free and open to the public and will be held at the Davenport Hotel in the Early Bird Room.

Below is the day’s schedule:

1 p.m. -Welcome & Remarks – James Wilburn, President NAACP

1:10 p.m. – High School Principals’ Panel

1:45 p.m. – Sheriff Knezovich

2:00 p.m. – Students & Parents Discussion Panel

3:00 p.m. – Call to Action Piece, Facilitated by Dr. Kunjufu

 

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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