Skip to comments.Holder: School discipline racially biased, overly harsh
Posted on 01/08/2014 10:12:43 AM PST by Sub-Driver
January 08, 2014, 12:54 pm Holder: School discipline racially biased, overly harsh
By Ben Goad
Attorney Gen. Eric Holder called upon the nations school districts Wednesday to re-think zero tolerance disciplinary policies that he said disproportionately punish minorities and push too many students into to the justice system.
Alarming numbers of young people are suspended, expelled, or even arrested for relatively minor transgressions like school uniform violations, schoolyard fights, or showing disrespect by laughing in class, Holder said during a speech in Baltimore.
Holders remarks accompany the release Wednesday of new federal guidance from the departments of Justice and Education pressing schools to adopt disciplinary policies that are fair, non-discriminatory, and effective.
The guidance lays out the parameters of punishment as governed by federal civil rights protections, alternatives to exclusionary discipline and a comprehensive list of regulations on the books in every state.
Included in the guidance is a 32-page Dear Colleague letter putting schools on notice that the agencies are prepared to use authority to investigate the claims of racial disparity in the punishment of students.
As part of this commitment, we will enforce Federal laws to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination in school discipline, the letter warns.
The action won praised from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which offered forward research showing that black students make 36 percent of those expelled, though they represent only 15 percent of students.
"With the rise of law enforcement in our schools, the proliferation of zero-tolerance policies, and misuse of suspensions and expulsions, our nations school discipline policies are pushing children out of school," said Deborah J. Vagins, the ACLUs senior legislative counsel.
The Education Department us also issuing a set of guiding principals meant to help schools comply with federal laws, a directory of disciplinary resources available to schools and an online compendium of state laws and regulations.
Positive discipline policies can actually foster safer school environments, without a heavy reliance on suspensions and expulsions, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.
Schools also must understand their civil rights obligations and avoid unfair disciplinary practices, he said. We need to keep students in class where they can learn.
Unless they’re whitey kids making a “gun” and pointing it at another kid and saying “bang!”.
Those kids, to the plastic shredders.
I will just assume you don't know what Holder is REALLY talking about.
I say again, and this comment from a black guy:
okay, Im going out on a limb but... doesnt what Holder want scream for...re-segregation?
Yes - and no. Certainly zero tolerance policies help when dealing with the lawyers, but they are overall stupid. Why would you not consider the individual situation when deciding on a consequence? However, I'd like to see a list (even one name) of students who have been prosecuted for violating the dress code or for laughing in class. As for criminal prosecutions for fights, I approve of that option when the fight gets out of hand or is unprovoked. This speech is another racial wedge based on nothing in the real world.
Zero tolerance was racial to begin with. School districts needed a way to deal with unruly blacks but principals were afraid to give subjective punishments lest they be called racist. Thus was born “everybody gets same punishment” zero tolerance policies.
Remember this essay from last summer?
Essay by a teacher in a black high school
Honda Tech ^ | July 6, 2013 | Unknown
Principals are scared to death of having any personal input into a child's punishment. At its worst you have blacks claiming punishments against their children are racist but you have all manner of parents who think their little angle can do no wrong and will hassle principals for any disciplinary action. It is simply easier (and wrong and cowardly) for administration to say "well, this is the district zero tolerance approved punishment and it is out of my hands."
Black kids can’t behave in school because they’re socially inferior, black people can’t get photo IDs because they’re dumb, black mothers can’t depend on black fathers because they’re lazy - These are just a few of the things black leaders tells us every day about black people. Will black people EVER get tired of this?
Schools instituted zero-tolerance in response due to a disproportionate number of minorities getting disciplined.
What better way to deal with the problem then to institute zero-tolerance? Bring a handgun to school in your backpack - get expelled. Leave your fishing knife in your trunk - get expelled. Threaten to kill someone - get suspended. Fashion a handgun from a poptart - get suspended.
See how colorblind and easy it is??!!
“...doesnt what Holder want scream for...re-segregation?”
Sort of. Would “no white people left” qualify?
This and many more astute observations from the front lines of the black culture war against America are found at the link.
How ‘bout it’s because more of Holders peeps are likely to be little thigs just like the baby daddies.
But how could this be ?? The schools are an infestation of diversity-loving liberals.
This again proves that holder is just representative of this whole sick Clown Car administration from top down. Those who voted for these anti-logic creeps should hang their heads in shame.
Racism in reverse from the Administration’s chief Black Racist (next to Obama Hussein, of course.)
and besides, whats a little rape between school chums right Ericky..???
black students make 36 percent of those expelled, though they represent only 15 percent of students.
Maybe that is because they comprise a more “difficult” group. Its hard to behave when there is no father figure around to show you a positive male role model.
Ericky, instead of looser rules, rules should be strenghten....with school uniforms, detention,dish washing and floor sweeping and Saturday class...guess the teachers wouldn't want that though..
Great. Let’s get more lawyers involved in more unnecessary areas of life.