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The Education Priority Area Group (PAG) was formed in recognition of the critical role education plays in the greater web of social justice issues. Education reform is an absolutely necessary beginning step to tackling many of the other, inter-connected ills that adversely and disproportionately affect low-income citizens and communities of color in the Boston area.

The Education PAG chose to focus on the issue of school expulsion and quickly found both a complex and nuanced issue as well as a rich community of advocate groups who are actively seeking ways to enact reform.

The Issue

There are a large number of students, particularly African American and Latinos, who are being expelled from school for non-violent offenses.  According to Massachusetts law, no other school, not even an alternative school, is required to accept and educate these students.  This has far-reaching repercussions on the child’s ability to obtain and retain jobs, secure housing, and generally develop into a happy, healthy, and productive human being.

Partnerships for a Solution

The Social Justice Committee has partnered with Massachusetts Advocates for Children to push legislation that will encourage schools to use non-exclusionary punishments (like in-school suspensions) when possible, and place limits on the amount of time students can be expelled or suspended for non-gun offenses.

We are confidant that this partnership will yield a solution that is beneficial to our schools and the futures of our students.

If you are interested in learning more about public school expulsion policy reform and how you can get involved, please contact us:


    Harvard Black Law Students Association presents...
    Social Justice Week

    March 2nd - 6th

    Monday: Social Justice Week Kick-Off

    BLSA general body meeting featuring a special presentation by Noah Hood and the BLSA Social Justice Committee

    Langdell South 7:00 pm

    Dinner will be served

    Tuesday: Education

    Education Awareness Candy Campaign Learn about some of the problems facing Boston's youth, including the unfair and exclusionary expulsion policies

    Harkness Common 12:00 noon

    Wednesday: Housing

    Housing Recovery Acts in MA Some of the areas foremost housing activists will gather to discuss legislation concerning predatory lending practices

    Hauser 101 7:30 pm

    Refreshments will be served

    Thursday: Criminal Justice

    Sealing Criminal Records: Implications for Social Justice

    A panel of the leading voices in criminal justice reform will speak about criminal record information laws.

    Austin Hall 7:00 pm

    A Soul Food Dinner will be served.

    Friday: Criminal Justice

    CORI Sealing Training

    Criminal Record Sealing Training involves hands-on training. Participants will be able to help with upcoming CORI Sealing projects.