Monitor staff Thursday, August 30, 2018 Print edpick education John Stark Regional High School Concord High School Students of color and students with disabilities, in New Hampshire as well as nationwide, are more likely to be disciplined – and disciplined more harshly – than their peers.Data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights from the 2015-16 school year, the most recent data available, shows those patterns consistently pop up in New Hampshire’s most diverse high schools and in the nearly all-white capital-area schools as well.At Concord High, for example, African American students made up just 8 percent of the total student population but represented 14 percent of in-school suspensions, 22 percent of out-of-school suspensions and 23 percent of all school-related arrests.Numbers were similarly off balance at Rundlett Middle School. There, black students made up 7 percent of the total student population but 50 percent of … [Read more...] about Federal data shows disparities in school discipline in N.H.
Top law enforcement officials in 10 states, including New Jersey, are calling on President Donald Trump's administration to uphold federal guidelines that limit severe punishments for schoolchildren. The guidelines, put in place in 2014 during President Barack Obama's tenure, strongly advise school officials not to mete out punishments like suspensions and expulsions that take students out of the classroom. The guidance document instead pushes counseling and other alternatives to "exclusionary" punishment. Federal officials held hearings this spring as they weighed whether to rescind the guidelines. Citing a March report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office that found such punishments disproportionately harm black and other minority students, the attorneys general for 10 states and the District of Columbia urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Murphy: N.J. won't arm teachers "While unnecessary exclusionary school … [Read more...] about Murphy’s AG takes on Trump over school discipline
Report Provides Stunning Look into School Discipline/ Education Inequalities by Darwin Campbell An alarming report has been released by the government that shows Black students are more likely targets for school discipline, suspensions and arrests than any other students in our nation’s schools. The report should be a wake-up call to African-American parents and community leaders that it is time for them to get serious about being involved and demanding accountability from superintendents, school boards and principals when it comes to our children. The report, provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, is a compilation of Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline that covers every school in the nation. The report provides information on school discipline, suspensions, expulsions, seclusions and restraints in nearly every school in Texas and across the United States. It is a sobering snapshot that provides insight into the attitudes … [Read more...] about Education Inequalities! School Discipline Targeting Black Youth
KAY COLES JAMES I’m sure President Obama’s heart was in the right place. A few years ago, his Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, studied school discipline data and came to a troubling conclusion: African American students in the 2011-12 school year had been suspended or expelled at a rate three times higher than White students. This news sent shock waves throughout the community and government. here were already concerns of a “school-to-prison pipeline” that funneled disadvantaged children to jail. Now, there was renewed agreement that things had to change. And so, in 2014, the Departments of Education and Justice put public schools on notice. If they suspended or expelled students of any racial group more than any other, they could face a federal investigation. In place of discipline to punish bad behavior, they were urged to use positive reinforcement instead. As the grandmother of five school-age kids, I watched this … [Read more...] about We Must Reform School Discipline Policies for the Safety of Our Children
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights reached three-year agreements with nine school districts and charter schools Thursday to put in place a system that reduces disparities in school discipline for students of color and those with disabilities. The nine districts and charter schools that have signed on include St. Paul Public Schools, Hopkins, Columbia Heights, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and Bemidji. The state’s Human Rights Department said it has reached agreement with 20 school districts on the plan. Kevin Lindsey, Human Rights commissioner, commended school leaders for their willingness to eliminate disparities in discipline for nonviolent behaviors for disabled students and students of color. He said this effort will ultimately shrink the state’s achievement gap between students of color and their white peers and will “help build a stronger Minnesota that is ready to embrace the dramatic demographic changes in our near future as our population ages and … [Read more...] about Multiple districts in Minnesota take steps to reduce disparities in school discipline