White House Wants To Crack Down On School Discipline Discrimination

Source: AP/theGrio

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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  • Celeste Harrell

    Perfect example of how come this statistic even exist is what was in the news just yesterday. If their parents are teaching them to curse, rep hoods, and to behave inappropriately, then what can we expect? TRAIN your children at home and we wont have this problem.

    • Attitude06

      I agree with you Celeste in part because I do believe that it’s gonna take loads of personal responsibility but you also can’t deny the historical discriminatory practices that have taken place. Before you push back, I’m a black male educator and I’ve done tons of work in the area and I’ve done loads of research that reinforces these theories. Mostly, black boys even in suburban schools are treated he same way and the theories point to the overwhelming popluation of white female teachers. So I would be careful with such a narrow conclusion without having all of the information. It’s not always as easy as it seems. Yet, I do agree with you that it starts at home and we’ve got to still teach our children the 120% rule.

      • Celeste Harrell

        I agree with you without argument. Simply put some children make it bad for others, although this is no reason for the disparagement. We must do better for ourselves.

        • Attitude06