Gov’t: End Overly Zealous, Racially Discriminatory Discipline in Schools

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.”

    “A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

    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, often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.

    Police have become a more common presence in American schools since the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.

    In American schools, black students without disabilities were more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended, according to government civil rights data collection from 2011-2012. Although black students made up 15 percent of students in the data collection, they made up more than a third of students suspended once, 44 percent of those suspended more than once and more than a third of students expelled.

    More than half of students involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or black, according to the data.

    The recommendations encourage schools to ensure that all school personnel are trained in classroom management, conflict resolution and approaches to de-escalate classroom disruptions.

    Among the other recommendations:

    —Ensure that school personnel understand that they are responsible for administering routine student discipline instead of security or police officers.

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    8 thoughts on “Gov’t: End Overly Zealous, Racially Discriminatory Discipline in Schools

    1. Good Luck, until more Black Professional are employed with the school system that understand our children and give them a fair chance the racial discrimination will continued. The pipeline from school to jail keeps someone employed and it is not us.

    2. This is not racist at all If these ANIMALS would raise their children the right way you wouldn’t have this problem.How is this racist? Take some responsibility for your family and have some respect for yourselves! Stop making excuses for everything, the reason these children are THUGS is because their uneducated parents are THUGS!!!! Get a clue!!!!!!!!!

      • No Ian you and tour white barbaric people are the true ANIMALS ,who came from the caves and mountains of Europe ,who once crawled on all fours,like your first cousins the DOGS.We as responsible Black people raise our children right ,our children are not the ones going into school throughout America killing people,Ian white kids are so raise your own kids and America would be safer from WHITE ANIMALS .In closing you racist Neanderthal I regret Moses let you filthy swine eaters,and raw flesh eaters out of the caves and mountains of Europe,the world was a much safer and educated place until you ANIMALS came here,spreading your sick diseases by having sex with your first cousin the DOGS.Now go educate your self Bigot and say bow wow while you are in the process.

    3. you should be doing the same in our court rooms as well with over zealous female and male Young district attorneys that are simply taking advantage of poor and less fortunate people

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