Race-based discipline?


A 12-year-old African-American student faced expulsion and criminal charges for writing on a school bathroom wall. This Henry County, Georgia issue is a microcosm of an issue that dogs American school systems. A state legislator has taken up the banner and plans to pursue the issue. Check it out.

A January 2014 letter from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division  ignited a firestorm of criticism on the right when it called on schools to scale back “zer0 tolerance” discipline policies and urged them to deal with discipline issues without turning to the criminal justice system, where possible.

The letter also addressed racial disparities: “In our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students,” the Justice Department and Education Department said in the letter to school districts. “In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.”

The letter was a non-binding advisory to school systems, but critics claimed it called for “race-based quotas” for discipline.

To read the AP story on the letter, click here.




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