The School Project: Restoring Justice

The School Project is a Chicago-based documentary series that is tracking the past and present status of the city's public school system. The third segment explores school disciplinary policies and the effects they have on students, the community, and society as a whole. In the past, a connection has been drawn between excessively stringent policies that push troubled students out of the classroom and fuel the school-to-prison pipeline. Tune in for a viewing of the third episode.

On Thursday, March 5, a film screening and community discussion on restoring justice in Chicago schools will be held from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at North Lawndale College Prep - Collins Campus at 1313 S. Sacramento Ave. in Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Watch the trailer for "Restoring Justice."

Watch The School Project's first and second episode below.

Chicago Schools - The Worst in the Nation?
In 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett made headlines when he claimed that Chicago had the worst school district in the nation. Why did his comment have so much staying power, and what has it meant for school reform in the last two decades?

Chicago Public Schools: Closed
In 2013, Chicago Public Schools announced that an unprecedented 49 neighborhood schools would be permanently closed. Follow Rousemary Vega, a parent turned activist, through the maze of hearings and protests that preceded the largest school closings in American history.