The West Steps: Why some children are criminalized, and some forgiven

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 8, 2019

Dr. Rosemarie Allen teaching Educator and child behavior expert, Dr. Rosemarie Allen, joins us this week to explore the racial disparities in decisions to remove young children from school. Young black children and boys are much more likely to be suspended and expelled for similar behaviors as their peers. Dr. Allen shares her years of research—rooted in her own experience of being pushed out of school repeatedly at a young age. A bill before Colorado legislators would ensure young children are able to stay in the classroom, and help educators get more support to serve every child in the classroom.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit