Current Initiatives

Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline:

All of Georgia’s children deserve a nurturing and affirming school community and a high-quality education that prepares them for a bright future. We work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline so that schools can provide children with needed supports and reduce their risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. Schools with effective discipline policies keep kids in class learning and create a safe and productive learning environment for all students

> Bridges to Behavioral Wellness

It is essential that children with mental illness, autism, and other mental and behavioral health needs have access to behavioral intervention and supports. Bridges to Behavioral Wellness helps families, educators, and others advocate for more and better supports for their children.

> Effective Student Discipline: Keeping Kids in Class

Effective school discipline policies support nurturing and affirming learning environments for school children and are key to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Our policy recommendations rely on up-to-date school discipline data from the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) data and others, as well as the results of extensive stakeholder interviews and research.

> The FAIR Project for Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care face unique barriers to school success. The FAIR Project is transforming Georgia’s foster care system to support these youth and children through advocacy, policy change, and direct representation.

> Georgia Education Climate Coalition (GECC)

Georgia Appleseed’s Georgia Education Climate Coalition brings together stakeholders throughout the state to lead Georgia’s efforts to create more equitable and positive school climate and discipline policies to better support children, families, and communities.

> Keeping Kids in Class Toolkit

This handy online toolkit is filled with information, up-to-date school discipline data, and ideas to support parents, local community leaders, teachers, school leaders, and others collaborate to address disparities and improve outcomes for all children.

> Productive Learning Environments

Productive learning and effective discipline go hand in hand. Georgia Appleseed advocates that schools adopt the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school climate change framework as an effective alternative to suspensions and expulsions.

> School Justice Partnerships

Communities that come together in School Justice Partnerships (SJPs) keep kids in class and out of the criminal justice system. SJPs include school districts, juvenile courts, healthcare providers, and law enforcement collaborating to reduce the number of children suspended and expelled from school, juvenile arrests, and referrals to Juvenile Court.

Safe and Healthy Housing

> Georgia Healthy Housing Project

Georgia Appleseed advocates for reforms large and small, local and statewide, that increase access for low-income children and their families to stable, healthy homes. Children in healthy homes do better in school, have lower levels of justice involvement, and can look to a brighter future.

Public Safety to Strengthen Communities:

> Race, Law Enforcement & the Law

Georgia can eliminate police killings, reduce police violence, and eliminate the over-policing that endangers Black, Brown, and Indigenous individuals, families, and communities. Pragmatic law and policy reforms and community engagement can protect communities and build public confidence and trust in policing.