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  • 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...

    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...

    01/09/2014 8:08:37 AM PST · by shortstop · 37 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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.’...

    08/08/2012 10:21:42 AM PDT · by MrChips · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 8, 2012 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior. His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.” “African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.” Because of those causes, the...
  • (Texas) School Discipline Study Raises Fresh Questions

    07/19/2011 3:22:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2011 | ALAN SCHWARZ
    Raising new questions about the effectiveness of school discipline, a report scheduled for release on Tuesday found that 31 percent of Texas students were suspended off campus or expelled at least once during their years in middle and high school — at an average of almost four times apiece. When also considering less serious infractions punished by in-school suspensions, the rate climbed to nearly 60 percent, according to the study by the Council of State Governments, with one in seven students facing such disciplinary measures at least 11 times. The study linked these disciplinary actions to lower rates of graduation...
  • Number of ed civil rights complaints on the rise

    10/14/2010 6:00:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 12, 2010 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    African American boys who are suspended at double and triple the rates of their white male peers. English language learners who, for years, remain in separate classes, falling behind their peers and scoring poorly on standardized tests. Disabled students and those with illnesses who are shortchanged at school because of their impairments. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights received nearly 7,000 complaints this fiscal year, an 11 percent increase and the largest jump in at least 10 years, according to data provided by the department. The increase comes as the office proceeds with 54 compliance reviews in districts...
  • School Suspensions Lead to Legal Challenge

    03/19/2010 5:11:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 503+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2010 | Erik Eckholm
    CHOCOWINITY, N.C. — As school let out one day in January 2008, students from rival towns faced off. Two girls flailed away for several seconds and clusters of boys pummeled each other until teachers pulled them apart. The fistfights at Southside High School involved no weapons and no serious injuries, and in some ways seemed as old-fashioned as the country roads here in eastern North Carolina. But the punishment was strictly up-to-date: Sheriff’s deputies handcuffed and briefly arrested a dozen students. The school suspended seven of them for a short period and six others from the melee, including the two...
  • Mayor: School boss should apologize to boy who drew cross

    12/15/2009 3:46:27 PM PST · by Darkwolf377 · 33 replies · 1,701+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/15/09 | Darkwolf377
    Mayor: School boss should apologize to boy who drew cross By Laura Crimaldi and Laurel J. Sweet | Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | | Local Coverage Photo by Taunton Gazette Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley called School Superintendent Julie Hackett from his vacation today and asked her to apologize both privately and publicly to the family of an 8-year-old special needs student sent home from school and ordered to undergo psychological testing after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross. “Mayor Crowley’s sentiments were that he would hope Dr. Hackett would meet with the family today,...
  • Seventh Grader Sues School Over Right to Wear Pro-Life T-Shirt

    07/06/2009 2:01:59 PM PDT · by rawhide · 63 replies · 1,700+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-6-09 | By Maxim Lott
    A California mom says her public school administrators violated her daughter's First Amendment rights when they ordered the seventh-grader to take off her pro-life T-shirt. Anna Amador has gone to court on behalf of her daughter, who she says was ordered by her principal to change her shirt on "National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day." The shirt the girl was wearing displays two graphic pictures of a fetus growing in the womb. The incident occurred in April 2008 at McSwain Elementary School, a K-8 school in Merced, Calif. Amador alleges in her legal complaint that school Principal Terrie Rohrer, Assistant Principal C.W....
  • A Bare Minimum of Student Privacy

    07/02/2009 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 674+ views ^ | July 2, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    Public schools are filled with eager, fresh-faced youngsters, and prisons contain many rough-looking adults with uninviting personalities. But put aside that difference and you find some important similarities between the two places -- government-run facilities where individuals are held for a specific number of years without their consent, at the mercy of their custodians. For years, the Supreme Court has been doing its best to further blur the distinction by giving public-school officials the same powers as the warden of San Quentin. So it was a mild surprise last week to learn there are some abridgments of freedom and invasions...
  • The School Crotch Inspector - Fighting the Advil menace, one strip search at a time

    04/02/2008 3:39:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1,753 replies · 1,569+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2, 2008 | Jacob Sullum
    There are two kinds of people in the world: the kind who think it's perfectly reasonable to strip-search a 13-year-old girl suspected of bringing ibuprofen to school, and the kind who think those people should be kept as far away from children as possible. The first group includes officials at Safford Middle School in Safford, Arizona, who in 2003 forced eighth-grader Savana Redding to prove she was not concealing Advil in her crotch or cleavage. It also includes two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, who last fall ruled that the strip search did not...
  • [10-year-old] Student Arrested After Cutting Food With Knife

    12/14/2007 4:52:40 PM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 211 replies · 153+ views
    Local ^ | 12/14/07
    An elementary student in Marion County was arrested Thursday after school officials found her cutting food during lunch with a knife that she brought from home, police said. The 10-year-old girl, a student at Sunrise Elementary School in Ocala, was charged possession of a weapon on school property, which is a felony. According to authorities, school employees spotted the girl cutting her food while she was eating lunch and took the steak knife from her. The girl told sheriff's deputies that she had brought the knife to school on more than one occasion in the past. Students told officials that...
  • Teacher Stabs Student In The Hand

    11/15/2007 2:02:02 PM PST · by George - the Other · 62 replies · 49+ views
    WJZ-TV ^ | Nov 15, 2007 2:02 pm US/Eastern | Eyewitness News
    BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) ― Eyewitness News has learned a Baltimore County teacher is accused of stabbing a student in the hand. The incident happened Wednesday morning at Randallstown High School. Baltimore County police tell Eyewitness News the 17-year-old boy was standing over the teacher's desk. The teacher had asked the boy to be seated several times. Finally, the teacher told the boy to step back and when he didn't, she stabbed him in the hand with either a pen or a pencil. Police are still investigating the incident, but so far no charges have been filed. (© MMVII, CBS...
  • Teacher suspended after putting tape on students

    03/14/2007 6:36:48 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 8 replies · 460+ views ^ | 03/14/07 | AP
    UNION -- A Monroe County elementary art teacher was suspended without pay for putting masking tape under the noses of about 25 third-graders in a joking attempt to quiet them, Superintendent Lyn Guy said. The Monroe County Board of Education voted Monday night to uphold the 10-day suspension of Donna Spangler, an art teacher at Peterstown Elementary School. Spangler's suspension ended Monday and she has since returned to work. "I didn't think it was very funny,'' Guy said Tuesday. "It wasn't right and she (Spangler) made a huge mistake in judgment and she has paid for it.'' Guy said the...
  • Schoolyard 'boob tag' lands middleschooler in trouble

    05/18/2006 11:37:39 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 38 replies · 1,734+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | May 18, 2006 | Felix Doligosa Jr.
    Schoolyard 'boob tag' lands middleschooler in trouble By Felix Doligosa Jr., Rocky Mountain News May 18, 2006 A game of tag at a middle school in Golden has police investigating a 14-year-old boy for unlawful sexual contact. The game played at Bell Middle School is called "boob tag," and kids choose who's "it" by touching a breast. "This is not appropriate, but it's a game of consent," said Lynn Sharpe, the mother of the suspect, Cole Sharpe. "It should be punished, but not prosecuted." Golden police declined to release details about the case and would say only that there is...
  • Mom Takes Fall, Serves Detention for Daughter ("School discipline. Parental rights")

    06/04/2005 4:54:48 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 238 replies · 3,322+ views
    Morning Sentinel ^ | Saturday, June 04, 2005 | Colin Hickey
    Danielle Pelletier said she never once had to serve a detention when she attended Winslow High School more than two decades ago. But her clean record ended Friday. Pelletier, 39, served her first detention, reporting to Room 24 of the high school promptly at 2:15 p.m. for a one-hour stay. The Vassalboro mother served the time in place of her daughter, who had been given the punishment because of an unexcused absence. Pelletier requested the stand-in arrangement, she said, because she was the one who elected to pull her daughter out of class 30 minutes before the end of the...

    03/03/2003 9:52:14 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 10 replies · 425+ views
    education news ^ | March 3, 2003 | JANN FLURY
    Today, public schools across North America are often faced with rebellious, unruly students. This phenomenon reflects a mismanagement of the school's code of discipline. There is no standard interpretation of discipline within our public education system. Many schools see discipline as something harsh, punitive and old-fashioned. They want school to be a friendly place that is fun and exciting for the students, without rules to stifle individuality. Paradoxically, school can be fun and exciting for students only when they are learning something worthwhile, and when they feel confident because they know their place and are familiar with the rules of...
  • Pledge fight rages in Atlanta appeals court

    06/29/2002 10:08:38 AM PDT · by GeneD · 20 replies · 276+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/29/02 | Bill Rankin
    After high school senior Michael Holloman refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, raising his fist defiantly in the air, the principal gave him two choices: detention or corporal punishment. Holloman chose the paddle. His father chose to file suit. The Alabama student's case was argued Friday before the federal appeals court in Atlanta, just days after the appeals court in San Francisco declared the Pledge unconstitutional because it contains the words "one nation, under God." But that wasn't the issue before the Atlanta appeals court on Friday. Instead, the three-judge panel was asked to decide whether schools have the...
  • Learning While Black [Kid starts a fight at school. Kid's dad, angry his son got punished, sues.]

    06/14/2002 11:58:16 PM PDT · by summer · 156 replies · 6,645+ views
    "The 16-year-old high school junior [with his father, above] from Salida, Calif., is a C student with a filthy mouth who has been known to saunter into class on his own schedule. And, yes, as Russell readily admits, after a bout of name-calling with a white classmate last fall, he threw the first punch in a fistfight that left him battered and his adversary with five stitches over his left eye. But is Russell actually a victim?…." Learning While Black You've heard of racial profiling on the roads and in the skies. But are minority kids also being unfairly singled...

    03/20/2002 5:00:34 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 262+ views
    NY POST ^ | 3/20/02 | MICHAEL MEYERS
    <p>MAYOR Bloomberg is sure talking large about wanting control of the public schools through the abolition of the city’s antiquated Board of Education.</p> <p>He’s now thinking of downsizing and moving the Board of Ed’s gargantuan Brooklyn headquarters to the refurbished Tweed Courthouse downtown, close to City Hall, where he might temporarily gain some more leverage over its bureaucracy, at least until, and if, the Legislature acts to give him direct control of our schools.</p>