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  • Another Obama Policy Betsy DeVos Should Throw Out (racial quotas in school discipline)

    09/13/2017 5:46:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 12, 2017 | Jason L. Riley
    ... 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...
  • Police: Beaumont teacher arrested after video shows her slapping student

    04/10/2016 2:15:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 9, 2016 | Connor Mannion
    Beaumont police say a teacher was arrested Friday after video on Twitter showed her slapping a student on the head. [Snip] Hastings was arrested and charged with assault. She has been released on bail at this time. Ozen High School has placed Hastings on administrative leave, and the school district has released this statement:
  • St. Paul seeks equity [in public schools], finds chaos

    03/23/2016 5:53:54 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Linking and Thinking on Education ^ | March 23, 2016 | Joanne Jacobs
    Some St. Paul public schools are unsafe for students and teachers, writes Katherine Kersten, a senior policy fellow at the Center for the American Experiment, in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. A Central High teacher was “choked and body-slammed by a student and hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury,” while another teacher was knocked down and suffered a concussion while trying to stop a fight between fifth-grade girls. There have been six high school riots or brawls this school year. Hoping to close the racial suspension gap, the district has spent millions of dollars on “white privilege” and “cultural competency” training for...
  • Distrust and Disorder: A Racial Equity Policy Summons Chaos in the St. Paul Schools

    05/29/2015 6:41:39 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Minneapolis City Pages ^ | May 27, 2015 | Susan Du
    A student walks down a Harding High hallway wearing headphones, chanting along to violent rap lyrics. Teacher Erik Brandt taps him on the shoulder. Turn it down, he gestures. The kid stares at Brandt with chilling intensity. He points at the older man, fingers bent in the shape of a gun, and shoots. Then moves on. Within Harding's corridors is a turbulent clutter of students who push and cuss and bully their way from one end of the building to another. Brandt, a finalist for Minnesota's Teacher of the Year and a 20-year veteran of the English department, doubles as...
  • Federal Regs Push Minneapolis Into Illegal School Discipline Quotas

    12/02/2014 9:48:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 2, 2014 | George Leef
    Combine an administration that disdains the idea that it has any legal boundaries with the “liberal” penchant for coerced equality and you get some amazingly absurd results. A case in point is the recent cave-in by public school officials in Minneapolis to the Department of Education regulations I wrote about here, regulations that threaten schools with loss of federal funds if they punish “disproportionate” numbers of students from certain groups. The “proportional discipline” rules are beginning to bite. After all, bureaucrats don’t just make rules for the sake of keeping busy – they demand obedience. Public school officials in Minneapolis...
  • Prior problem behavior accounts for the racial gap in school suspensions

    04/03/2014 5:46:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Journal of Criminal Justice ^ | 2014 | John Paul Wright et al.
    Purpose A large body of empirical research finds a significant racial gap in the use of exclusionary school discipline with black students punished at rates disproportionate to whites. Furthermore, no variable or set of variables have yet to account for this discrepancy, inviting speculation that this association is caused by racial bias or racial antipathy. We investigate this link and the possibility that differential behavior may play a role. Methods Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class (ECLS-K), the largest sample of school-aged children in the United States, we first replicate the results of prior studies. We...
  • School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines

    03/21/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 83 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according to comprehensive data released Friday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. In the first analysis in nearly 15 years of information from all of the country’s 97,000 public schools, the Education Department found a pattern of inequality on a number of fronts, with race as the dividing factor. Black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. A...
  • HOLDER'S NEW SCHOOL DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES: STOP TARGETING MINORITIES

    01/08/2014 6:02:42 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 8 Jan 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    he Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. Civil rights advocates have long said that a "school-to-prison" pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out of school and into the court system. Attorney General Eric Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned "zero-tolerance" policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s,...
  • U.S. acts to keep minority, disabled students out of jail

    01/07/2014 11:07:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    (Reuters) - The Justice and Education departments unveiled guidelines on Wednesday to prevent schools from violating civil rights laws and keep students out of jail after data found minorities and the disabled were more likely than others to face discipline or arrest. Attorney General Eric Holder said the guidelines were aimed at giving direction to school law enforcement officers, protecting the civil rights of students, and keeping kids in the classroom.
  • Jindal: DOJ 'More Interested In Skin Color' Than Education

    01/08/2014 6:31:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jeryl Bier
    In November, the Obama Justice Department dropped a lawsuit aimed at stopping a school voucher program in Louisiana. The Louisiana Scholarship Program is intended to give students in failing public schools a chance to attend better schools, including private ones. Justice tried to block the program on the basis that it may have violated a 1975 federal desegregation order. The case began to heat up when Republican governor Bobby Jindal, joined by some parents of students (chiefly minorities) who had benefited from the voucher program, began a defense in the courts. Justice then filed a motion contesting the parents' standing...
  • Holder's New School Discipline Guidelines: Stop Targeting Minorities

    01/08/2014 3:11:18 PM PST · by EinNYC · 38 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Jan 2014 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long said lead to a school-to-prison pipeline that discriminates against minority students. The wide-ranging series of guidelines issued Wednesday in essence tells schools that they must adhere to the principle of fairness and equity in student discipline or face strong action if they don't. The American Civil Liberties Union called the recommendations "ground-breaking."
  • Putting the Chill on Discipline: Institutionalized Racism

    01/09/2014 4:37:38 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    am thinker ^ | 1/9/14 | j robert smith
    The Associated Press, via Breitbart, reports that Attorney General Eric Holder wants public schools to back off zero tolerance policies that he alleges discriminates against minority students. Putting a chill on discipline and stymieing schools from ousting miscreants means lots of public schools -- particularly inner-city ones -- will do even less educating. Holder 's guidelines aim at halting "targeting minorities," but, practically, will accomplish defining deviancy downward yet again in urban minority-dominated schools -- that's mostly black and Hispanic kids from broken families and single-parent households. The A.G.'s guidelines are another tacit admission that there are enormous dysfunctions in...
  • OBAMA WANTS TO SUSPEND SUSPENSIONS

    01/09/2014 8:08:37 AM PST · by shortstop · 37 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/09/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    Now the federal government wants to run the classroom. Not just what’s taught, who gets tested for what or what gets served for lunch, but who gets punished for what and how. Now Washington dictates on discipline. That was the clear word out of Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore yesterday as the attorney general and secretary of education announced new federal guidelines and mandates on school discipline. The goal? To disrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” which Eric Holder and Arne Duncan say plagues our nation. Specifically, to eliminate what they call racial disparities in discipline. It turns out that black...
  • Education Experts Blast DOJ's Apparent Call For Race-Based System Of Punishment Of Schoolkids

    01/11/2014 10:07:00 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-11-2014 | Fox News
    <p>Attorney General Eric Holder recently made comments suggesting that Zero Tolerance policies in US schools place minority students at an unfair advantage.</p> <p>Education experts blasted a recent Department of Justice directive, which they say seems to advocate a racial quota system for punishing school kids for such transgressions as being late or chewing gum in class.</p>
  • Experts slam DOJ letter telling schools to implement race-based punishments

    01/10/2014 9:47:53 AM PST · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | Robby Soave
    Education experts decried a new memo from the Departments of Justice and Education that instructs public schools throughout the country to cease punishing disruptive students if they fall into certain racial categories, such as black or Hispanic. The letter, released on Wednesday, states that it is a violation of federal law for schools to punish certain races more than others, even if those punishments stem from completely neutral rules. For example, equal numbers of black students and white students should be punished for tardiness, even if black students are more often tardy than white students. (RELATED: DOJ to schools: It’s...
  • Batavia school board disciplines teacher after survey flap

    05/30/2013 5:39:20 AM PDT · by kimtom · 16 replies
    www.dailyherald.com ^ | 5/29/2013 | Susan Sarkauskas
    John Dryden The Batavia school board Tuesday disciplined high school teacher John Dryden, saying he had "mischaracterized" the intentions of teachers and administrators when he advised students they had the right not to incriminate theselves, before administering a survey about risky behavior. Only one board member, Jon Gaspar, voted "no." He declined to specify why he voted that way, other than to say it was due to his "feelings." Dryden will receive a letter of remedy, which outlines certain actions he must do or face more consequences. Superintendent Jack Barshinger declined to specify what the remedies are, asking instead...
  • Oakland schools enter agreement with feds to reduce suspensions of black students

    09/28/2012 9:15:39 AM PDT · by AmericanSamurai · 34 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 9/27/12 | Katy Murphy
    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...
  • State flags 4 Sacramento-area districts over blacks in special education

    09/19/2012 5:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 19, 2012 | Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese
    Sacramento County's four largest school districts are among dozens in California that have gotten letters from the state saying they have a disproportionate number of African American students in their special education programs who are designated as emotionally disturbed.... ..."There is a disproportionate number of African American boys. Why that category?" said Diana Blackmon,director of special services for the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento. "We certainly don't see it with autism,retardation or deafness. That,off the top,leads me to think something more is going on." ....[Diana Blackmon, director of special services for the Washington Unified School District in West...
  • Obama Demands Race-Based School Discipline/ ( War on White Boys)

    08/25/2012 2:21:22 PM PDT · by wintertime · 103 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 25,2012 | Joy Pullman
    President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order hiring race-sensitive bureaucrats to hold meetings and mandate racial discipline quotas. The order charges his new racial justice team, in part, with "promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools." In plain English, that means that if different races have different incidences of disciplinary action, those of a favored race who act worse will be punished less, or those of a disfavored race who act better will be punished more, or both. It's true that a higher percentage of black students...
  • Undisciplined: The Obama administration undermines classroom order in pursuit of phantom racism.

    08/09/2012 12:02:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Heather Mac Donald
    In March 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.” The secretary was speaking on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when state troopers savagely beat and teargassed peaceful voting-rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. Duncan fleetingly acknowledged the racial progress that the nation had made since that shameful era, but he was soon back in the 1960s: “Skeptics sometimes tell me, ‘Slow down.’ They say our agenda to pursue equal opportunity is too ambitious. To them, I simply repeat what Martin Luther King said many years ago: ‘We can’t wait.’...