Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests

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New York Times
Written By Tamar Lewis
March 6, 2012

Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.
Although black students made up only 18 percent of those enrolled in the schools sampled, they accounted for 35 percent of those suspended once, 46 percent of those suspended more than once and 39 percent of all expulsions. Read more

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  1. Kenneth R. Jackson says:

    Please tell me something that I don’t know!!! Just look at the other data that says, African Americans and Hispanics are also sentence to prison more. We must wake up ourselves and stop waiting for others to help wake us up. We see and already know the problems. Don’t you think by now, ITS SOLUTION TIME. I’ve been on both sides of the School to Prison Pipeline. Now I’m a Positive Old G thats putting together SOLUTIONS. After all, who better can help turn this Pipeling around then those who went through it. The time has come when you need to bring the EX-offender to the table to help clean up some of the mess that we created. Don’t look down on us, call on us. There are many EX-offender’s who have gotten out of prison and are making and want to make a “Positive” difference in the lives of their kids, families, communities and cities. Please don’t be affaid to call on us, we’re ready, willing and able to assist with the process of “SAVING OUR YOUTH”! Please excuse my spelling if any mistakes. GOD BLESS THE CHILD!

  2. Macheo Payne says:

    Your article “Black Students Face More Discipline…” presents the problem of the Black male suspension gap well. What is not said is how this trend likely reflects a systemic pattern of discrimination by race and gender. What also deserves attention are solutions that address this problem. Much like Brown vs. Board, the basic premise of the problem is focused in the wrong direction. When the supreme court ruled for desegregation, they found Black students to be harmed by segregation and attempted to correct the harm with integration. What got lost was the fact that the children were not the problem, the flawed system was and nothing was done to repair that system.
    With discipline of Black males, first glance assumption is that Black males simply misbehave more but studies have shown this to be false. Instead of focusing on Black males, we should focus on a still biased and flawed system so we can explore solutions that can truly address the root of the problem.
    Critical Race Theory seeks to address this problem by acknowledging ideological and implicit bias against African-Americans. By examining decision making processes, teachers and schools can be coached to approach discipline differently. Teachers in Oakland, CA have been getting training in behavioral health intervention techniques that support teachers in being reflective of their own biases and triggers. This has led to a shift in discipline practices that lead to significant reductions in out of class referrals and thus lowered the suspension rate of Black males at key middle schools.
    Solutions like these need to be explored further and highlighted to shift focus away from blame and toward results.
    Macheo Payne

  3. Latoya Williams says:

    Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests… In 1975, The Children Defense Fund said this loud and clear. Thus, lighting a firestorm for researchers to “examine” this phenomenon. As a grad student, studying the exclusionary discipline implications for Black females, whats truly troubling is that we have failed to find solutions. Wait, maybe I’m wrong. I mean there are federal dollars that get pushed to schools for “poor”, “low-performing”, “children of color” (i.e. Black). Strangely enough these funds never address the systemic issues. It’s larger than a simple conclusion of Blacks being disciplined at a higher rate. The research lens needs to broaden and become more inclusive. Our Black children have been denied access to education since we first landed on these shores. School districts need to call it what it is… An imposition of social control via (school) systems that practice covert racism.

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