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Oakland schools enter agreement with feds to reduce suspensions of black students
Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/27/12 | Katy Murphy

Posted on 09/28/2012 9:15:39 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai

OAKLAND -- The Oakland school board on Thursday night unanimously approved an agreement with the Office for Civil Rights to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions of its African-American students.

Parents, community organizers, district staff members and other leaders spoke passionately about the need to pass -- and to fully realize -- the plan, and to involve students, families and teachers in the push for change.

"We're here today to ante up and reclaim our children," said Chris Chatmon, director of the district's African American Male Achievement initiative.

Chatmon said the resolution will give the system the sense of urgency needed to change the status quo. He said that while African-American students made up 32 percent of OUSD's enrollment during the last school year, they received 63 percent of all suspensions.

This spring, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights began to investigate whether the school district treated black students more harshly than white students. Now that the board has approved the resolution, that investigation will come to a halt.

Arthur Zeidman, who directs the San Francisco field office for the Office for Civil Rights, came to the school board meeting. He stressed that while the agreement was binding, it would be a cooperative relationship. He said the office pursued a resolution with Oakland because "there was work to be done in Oakland, and Oakland was willing to do it."

The department, he said, wanted "to put our resources toward a project that could result in real change."

(Excerpt) Read more at insidebayarea.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: education; oakland; publicschools; quotas; schooldiscipline

1 posted on 09/28/2012 9:15:44 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: AmericanSamurai

So, favored minorities get a pass. They don’t have to follow the same rules everyone else does.


2 posted on 09/28/2012 9:19:29 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: AmericanSamurai

“Real change.”

Sure. Coddling children who misbehave will make the situation worse FOR EVERYONE ELSE!


3 posted on 09/28/2012 9:19:50 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: AmericanSamurai
Now those children who behave and want to learn will get even less education than before. At least they'll have free Obama phones.
4 posted on 09/28/2012 9:19:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Government is the only thing that we all belong to"=implicit repeal of the 13th amendment for all.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

“...Chris Chatmon, director of the district’s African American Male Achievement initiative.”

Is this satire? Sadly, probably/most likely not.


5 posted on 09/28/2012 9:20:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: AmericanSamurai; All

This is nothing more than Black Ku Klux Klan Racism....we are going to give Special Rights to thugs and delinquents because of their “skin color”?

What types of crimes will be considered “not suspendable”....theft, burgulary, rape, murder?

Its time to make blacks responsible for their inability to function in normal society. And, its time for White Guilt Liberals to stop being wussies and get real in regards to Black Attitudes and Racism.

If you are white, you are screwed. This is what this rule


6 posted on 09/28/2012 9:21:48 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Political maturity is realizing that the "R" next to someone's name does not mean "conservative")
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To: SeminoleCounty

Its time to make blacks responsible for their inability to function in normal society. And, its time for White Guilt Liberals to stop being wussies and get real in regards to Black Attitudes and Racism.


LOL, that’s the funny thing about living in the bay area, is that White liberals will protest about “social justice”, meanwhile the Black thugs they are protesting the rights of wouldn’t hesitate for a second to rob them if given the chance.


7 posted on 09/28/2012 9:25:12 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: AmericanSamurai

That should work well. Oakland teacher’s must love that.


8 posted on 09/28/2012 9:25:12 AM PDT by expat2
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To: SeminoleCounty
I'm sure the grand old traditions of black yutes doing obscene gestures to girls will get a pass, and wearing their pants low so their boyhoods are nearly showing will get a pass, and their mumble jumble jingo nonsensical speech patterns will get reinforced, not reduced, and we all know that a when black yutes surround and beat up a single white, its all just funnin....

the choice is....don't send your kids to public school, move, or home school....

9 posted on 09/28/2012 9:27:39 AM PDT by cherry
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To: AmericanSamurai

Their solution will only make things worse because it involves mainly ignoring the problems that cause suspension.


10 posted on 09/28/2012 9:29:32 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

White Kids:

Follow the rules crackas!

Black kids

We have some suggestions, but no rules.
"F--- what?"... oh, sorry... never mind.
11 posted on 09/28/2012 9:29:36 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: AmericanSamurai

This spring, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights began to investigate whether the school district treated black students more harshly than white students. Now that the board has approved the resolution, that investigation will come to a halt.
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yep. can’t have the completed report,
show the truth, that it wasn’t being unfair or racist.
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just like criticism of that police report about blacks being disproportionately arrested for speeding...
until someone notice the study was done strictly by automatic cameras...


12 posted on 09/28/2012 9:32:00 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Soooo will they return their guns and coke too, or will that take a court order?


13 posted on 09/28/2012 9:33:31 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: cherry

This LIBERAL BS makes it worst. Until they are made to stand on their own two feet they will always expect the FREE PASS because their OF COLOR. The most idiotic term I have ever heard these morons utter.


14 posted on 09/28/2012 9:34:03 AM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: AmericanSamurai
Now that the board has approved the resolution, that investigation will come to a halt.

You betcha! Chances are that the investigation would show the suspensions were warranted. That could not be allowed to happen.

15 posted on 09/28/2012 9:34:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Obama gives us the gift of downward mobility)
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To: circlecity
So, favored minorities get a pass. They don’t have to follow the same rules everyone else does.

I guess because they can't help it. It's not their fault. Blah, blah, blah.
16 posted on 09/28/2012 9:39:57 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Maybe white families should pull their children and start a homeschooling community, share in the teaching.

If the white kids aren’t in the school, the suspensions can’t possibly be lopsided.

If white kids present a problem for black children in public schools and white children get better treatment—let us make public schools black only, remove the spoiled racist crackers.


17 posted on 09/28/2012 9:40:21 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: AmericanSamurai; potlatch; PhilDragoo; bitt

True. A month ago, I helped a friend in nearby (bankrupt) Vallejo set up her first grade class for opening day. Her class size changed from twenty to thirty-two. No aides, no Phys Ed, art or music. All teachers have been informed they may not refer black children to the office for discipline. It comes with the “free” Arne Duncan money the district has accepted. They are not allowed to group by ability, either. She doesn’t dare divide the 32 into any kind of groups for fear she’ll be accused.


18 posted on 09/28/2012 9:41:07 AM PDT by ntnychik
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To: AmericanSamurai

Anything to accelerate the pace of the race to the bottom ...

No, you don’t need a hall pass to skip classes ... you’re black.

No, you don’t need to shut up in class, you’re black.

No, you don’t need to turn in that assignment, you’re black.

No, you don’t need to perform to the standards of others, you’re black.

And all this will certainly help “African American Male Achievement”.


19 posted on 09/28/2012 9:42:34 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

If the DOJ can do it, why can’t the Oakland school district do it, right?

The chasm just keeps getting wider and wider...


20 posted on 09/28/2012 9:44:41 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: AmericanSamurai

The solution is simple. Just lower the standards for everyone else. After all, that’s what’s happened in politics, right? I mean, how many impeachable offenses has 0bama committed.. 10, 20.. Illegal recess appointments, War in Libya, overturning Fed Immigration Law, falsified BP oil spill committee report, Fast & Furious, refusal to enforce DOMA, tampering with General Motors, misleading American about 0bamacare; not a tax then argues it as a tax at SCOTUSk, SOLYNDRA.. LIES LIES LIES!!!!


21 posted on 09/28/2012 9:44:54 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: AmericanSamurai

African American Male Achievement = NO RULES


22 posted on 09/28/2012 9:50:27 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: AmericanSamurai
Discipline or the lack of it is the one problem in schools.
23 posted on 09/28/2012 9:53:26 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Public schools are becoming more like prisons for yutes every day.


24 posted on 09/28/2012 10:05:49 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Irenic

The only “white” kids in Oakland Public Schools are kids from families, which can’t afford private schools. In any event, white kids represent only 7 % of the school population. It’s all a scam!


25 posted on 09/28/2012 10:07:43 AM PDT by old school
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To: AmericanSamurai
"We're here today to ante up and reclaim our children," said Chris Chatmon, director of the district's African American Male Achievement initiative.

You're doing it backwards.
26 posted on 09/28/2012 10:08:39 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: AmericanSamurai

just throw them right in jail

that is where 50% of them are headed anyway (probably 100% of the ones who are getting suspended)


27 posted on 09/28/2012 10:10:12 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: AmericanSamurai

“A recent analysis by the Urban Strategies Council found that 44 percent of the school system’s black males who received suspensions in 2010-11 were suspended solely for defying authority. About 75 percent of the suspensions of black males were on the basis of defiance, threatening or attempting injury and obscenity, according to the agreement.”

Jeez! Look, I didn’t like authority figures at that age either, but a teacher’s got to be able to keep order in his or her class. If you talk back, you’ve earned the suspension, whether you’re white, black, or martian.

As for threatening or attempting to an injure a teacher - that should be EXPULSION, not suspension. And with a follow up call to law enforcement.

Now, I’m not going to say there aren’t hot-headed teachers and their occasionally might be a kid who gets a raw deal. That happened to me in high school a couple of times. But I’m not buying that is the norm, or even a significant exception.

As for “changing the dynamic” or whatever nonsense is being espoused here, it’s missing the mark. It all starts in the home. Kids raised to be respectful of their elders and behave decently towards everyone else are going to have fewer suspensions than someone who screams “you’re picking on my baby!” every time their kid gets in trouble.


28 posted on 09/28/2012 10:28:20 AM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

hey did you hear Obama said he isn’t just a black president he is the president for all Americans? The bastard has spent three and half years racially deviding this country and now 40 days before the elections he wants to be my president. How many whites will believe yet another Obama lie? Unfortunately too amny I think.


29 posted on 09/28/2012 10:29:30 AM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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To: old school

Homeschooling isn’t super expensive.

Churches and such participate in things like HFH.

Why couldn’t something similar be set up for parents who don’t want their children in public school (the parents could help support the program by donating a skill they have, cleaning, mechanics?)? Retirees and people who wish to volunteer could teach/partner.

People start a network of volunteers, the kids would need to make the grade and not be a behavior problem to stay in. I don’t know, haven’t thought it through much.

It would also help pull children from the liberal marxist indoctrination.

The underground teaching railroad.


30 posted on 09/28/2012 10:34:36 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Mr. K

>>>just throw them right in jail

Instead of discipline, why don’t the school systems just give each of the unruly black 3rd graders a high school diploma marked “distinguished” and let them graduate early.


31 posted on 09/28/2012 10:35:46 AM PDT by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: AmericanSamurai

In 1980`s Oakland schools deployed armed guards in Oakland high and Tech.-I wonder why?


32 posted on 09/28/2012 11:04:15 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (yup-Who knew??)
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To: AmericanSamurai

Someday soon government schools will be required to conform to Equal Outcome Education.
The norms expected for all students will be defined down to that of the lowest common denominator.
And the lowest common denominator is the underacheiving black students.

Schools will be required to withhold schooling from non-black students once they test to a defined level.
The average levels achieved by black students will be set as the upper limits permitted for non-blacks.

Once an Asian or white student tests up to the limit of the average black their government school education will be considered complete.

If the government can’t raise the average black kids up they will force the non-black kids down to the black levels.

We are on our way to becoming the New World Africa.


33 posted on 09/28/2012 11:26:53 AM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: AmericanSamurai

The problem is the suspension itself. Instead of giving these criminals-in-training free time off from school they should make them serve their suspension as part of the local prison chain gang.

Let’s see them screw-up after that.


34 posted on 09/28/2012 12:24:39 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Mr. K

http://www.cafepress.com/libertymaniacs/9009248


35 posted on 11/11/2012 9:26:48 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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