Skip to comments.Black students disciplined at higher rates than whites at Wichita-area schools
Posted on 04/28/2014 9:19:50 AM PDT by Old Yeller
Black students at schools in Wichita and surrounding districts are disciplined at higher rates than their white peers, a trend that mirrors racial disparities throughout the country, according to the most comprehensive survey of school civil rights data in nearly 15 years.
The findings, part of an expansive survey of Americas public schools by the U.S. Department of Educations Office for Civil Rights, shows that black students are more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled at middle and high schools in Wichita and most area districts.
Education officials say its difficult to pinpoint reasons for the disparities. But local civil rights advocates say overzealous discipline policies or practices continue to target minority students, pulling them out of classrooms and often into the court system. Statistics speak for themselves, said David Gilkey, a gang prevention coordinator for the Urban League of Kansas.
Nothing changes if nothing changes, you know what I mean? Gilkey said. Its been going on for years. This is not nothing new. We just dont usually talk about it, but its coming to the point where we need to address it now.
Data for the 2010-11 school year shows that nationally, while black students represented 16 percent of overall school enrollment, they represented 32 percent of students suspended in school, 33 percent of students suspended out of school, and 34 percent of students expelled.
In Wichita public schools, black students made up about 18 percent of total enrollment in 2010-11. They accounted for nearly 22 percent of in-school suspensions, 25.6 percent of out-of-school suspensions and nearly 34 percent of expulsions.
Maybe if they wouldn’t behave like little Trayvons they would be treated like him.
Show me the ones who didn’t do what they were accused of doing.
“Black students COMMIT MORE OFFENSIVE ACTS at higher rates than whites at Wichita-area schools”? Nah. Probably just being discriminated against.
Higher rates at home or at school?
If you add the discipline in both venues are the totals roughly equal?
I’m just going to throw this out: When a “problem student” gets in trouble, they are usually run through the discipline stuff more readily than the “high performance” student, regardless of race.
i.e. are there more “problem” black students? That would explain it
Yeah, but the rules they break are “white rules”.
And that’s why they’re being oppressed.
It seems that the DOE just purchased a brand new pack of race cards.
To quote Dr. Evil: Riiiiight
Black students at schools in Wichita and surrounding districts are disciplined at higher rates than their white peers...
The answer may hold a clue as to why there are more blacks being punished.
that shouldn’t happen because white students commit the same number of offenses as blacks.
hey, I believe it. I mean, this is the same country where a ceo gets on tv and says new York is a great place to do business, so we’ll believe anything.
Let’s extend that even further to the absolute absurd.
To call this discrimination would be to claim that
teenage Asian girls commit the same number of punishable offenses as
teenage black males.
Yes they certainly do., and none are mentioned in this article other than the one overlaying one.
My experience as a teacher was that the following student types were disciplined more often:
Boys more than girls
Boys of single mothers
Students embracing rap type culture
Students embracing gang behavior and dress
Students with no strong nuclear family
Students with cell phones and audio music devices
Black leaders should address the root cause of this — out-of-control black kids.
Or could it be... gasp... that they create more TROUBLE?
Just saying... Captain Obvious AWAY!
Sounds like decision time.
Are they going to clamp down on white students to bring the “disparity” in line, or are they going to back off disciplining black students to bring the “disparity” in line? Maybe a little of both?
Or, are they sane and rational, and disciplinary action is being taken when disciplinary action is appropriate, regardless of race?
Whoever said statistics between any two definable groups were ever going to be the same? What benefit is to be derived from forcing the statistics to be the same via what is tantamount to reward for bad behavior and penalty for good behavior?
Are black students benefitting from avoidance of disciplinary action due to fears of awkward looking statistics? Arguably not.
Black students disciplined at higher rates than whites at Wichita-area schools
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