WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. More than half of students in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or black, civil rights data show.
“In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem,” according to a letter sent to schools.
Civil rights advocates have long said that a “school-to-prison” pipeline relates to overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out of school and into the court system.
The recommendations being issued Wednesday encourage schools to ensure that all personnel are trained in classroom management, conflict resolution and approaches to de-escalate classroom disruptions.
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