Our History

Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline Foundation, Inc. (E-SToPP) was founded by Debra Mayes Pane, Ph.D. on March 11, 2011, after more than 20 years as a teacher, teacher educator, and researcher in Miami-Dade County Public School’s Educational Alternative Outreach Program (i.e., disciplinary alternative education programs (DAEP) and juvenile justice alternative education programs (JJAEP). E-SToPP’s transformative mission and vision was born from Dr. Pane’s staunch belief that systemic and philosophical changes must occur before we as a society will develop truly effective and humane schools and educational opportunities that all of our children deserve.

In 2011, E-SToPP began foundational work on behalf of children through grass-roots collaborations to share, increase awareness, and gauge the socio-cultural-political-educational-economic climate, mindset, and interest of the community in joining the pursuit of its transformative mission and vision. Since its inception, E-SToPP began engaging with the community on the behalf of children by participating in…

  • Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy Walking One Stops, Reentry Hubs, and Reentry Fairs in trauma- and violence-burdened neighborhoods to survey and support residents’ needs;
  • South Florida Reentry Taskforce strategic planning and development of the South Florida Reentry Center for men, women, children, and families impacted by incarceration;
  • Research conferences to raise awareness about transforming the school-to-prison pipeline;
  • Town hall meetings and other events as speakers and panelists to engage discussion and action;
  • Social justice, advocacy, and restorative practice coalitions;
  • Grass-roots collaborations with other community organizations on behalf of youth and families.


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