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Another Obama Policy Betsy DeVos Should Throw Out (racial quotas in school discipline)
Wall Street Journal ^ | September 12, 2017 | Jason L. Riley

Posted on 09/13/2017 5:46:41 AM PDT by reaganaut1

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In 2012 the Education Department released a study showing that black students were three times as likely to be suspended and expelled as their white counterparts. Two years later, the department issued a “Dear Colleague” letter warning school districts to address this racial imbalance, or else. The letter said that even if a disciplinary policy “is neutral on its face—meaning that the policy itself does not mention race—and is administered in an evenhanded manner” the district still could face a federal civil-rights investigation if the policy “has a disparate impact, i.e., a disproportionate and unjustified effect on students of a particular race.”

The threat worked. Fending off charges of discrimination can be expensive and embarrassing, so spooked school districts chose instead to discipline fewer students in deference to Washington. The Obama guidance didn’t start the trend—suspensions were down nearly 20% between 2011 and 2014—but the letter almost certainly hastened it. The effects are being felt in schools across the country, leaving black and Hispanic students, the policy’s theoretical beneficiaries, worse off.

After the Los Angeles school district, where more than 82% of students are Latino or black, ended suspensions for nonviolent offenses, the district reported that the number of students who said they felt safe in school dropped to 60% from 72%. When Chicago curbed suspensions, students and teachers felt the increased disorder. And following New York City’s reforms making it more difficult to keep disruptive kids out of the classroom, the schools that showed increased fighting, gang activity and drug use tended to be those with the highest percentages of minority students.

Somehow racial balance in the rates of suspension and expulsion has become more important than school safety.

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TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: education; publicschools; schooldiscipline

1 posted on 09/13/2017 5:46:41 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Racial quotas ANYWHERE should be eliminated. They’re racist by definition.


2 posted on 09/13/2017 5:58:29 AM PDT by Pravious
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To: reaganaut1
As a recently retired teacher (guess why) I can attest to the veracity of your statements.

Discipline was already an issue and introducing sets of privileged students into the classroom had the foreseeable effect.

3 posted on 09/13/2017 5:58:37 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Why do those with the least to say do so loudly and often?)
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To: Pravious
Solution Found: Start by tossing Hillary, Chelsea, Bent Bill, Soros, David Brock, and more in jail.

Remember the goal is to racially balance the prison population!

Dilution is the Solution.

4 posted on 09/13/2017 6:03:33 AM PDT by ptsal ( Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - M. Twain)
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To: reaganaut1

If any education policy is associated with Traitorobama’s name, Vos needs to toss it in the shredder.


5 posted on 09/13/2017 6:19:08 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: reaganaut1

School discipline must be applied where it’s needed. If it falls more prominently on a certain group,then that means only that you’re getting closer to being centered on the heart of the problem.


6 posted on 09/13/2017 6:49:25 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: reaganaut1

Policies like this mean that those who are violent will be allowed to continue to be violent.

Welcome to the Antifa Public School System.


7 posted on 09/13/2017 7:54:39 AM PDT by Architect of Avalon
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To: reaganaut1

“Disparate impact” arguments need to be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional.


8 posted on 09/13/2017 9:16:52 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

The article of faith with respect to “disparate impact”, is that there are no differences between ethnic and racial groups, and therefore any disparity of result is solely due to racism.


9 posted on 09/13/2017 9:30:36 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Big governent is attractive to those who think that THEY will be in control of it.)
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