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Group asks Dayton schools to reduce suspensions

Published: Wed, April 16, 2014 @ 1:51 p.m.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A community-activist group is asking Dayton city schools to reduce its number of out-of-school suspensions.

Vernellia Randall, a University of Dayton law professor, says the district’s suspensions rate is four times higher than the state average.

The Dayton Daily News reports Randall told the Dayton school board Tuesday that black students are suspended more often than other students for the same behavior.

Randall cited research that out-of-school suspensions make students more likely to drop out.

Dayton Superintendent Lori Ward said the district would review the data presented by the group Racial Justice Now before commenting.

The group proposed that Dayton stop out-of-school suspensions for preschool through third-grade students next year, with a moratorium on suspensions for disobedient behavior, truancy, use of tobacco and profanity the following year.


1Roger_Thornhill(743 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

How about the little darlings get a cookie instead of a suspension?

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2redeye1(4880 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe if the blacks would follow the rules they wouldn't be suspended.

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3tnmartin(356 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

one gathers from this that the novel concept of getting the students to behave themselves was never given serious consideration.
As far as the RACIST group calling itself "Racial Justice Now", common decency prevents me from using adequately descriptive language to describe them. It would appear that they believe that there is at least one group in the student body that is incapable of decent behavior and therefore should not be expected to act properly. I regard such a belief as being obviously racist and defammatory and demand they prostrate themselves and beg forgiveness. Perhaps a trip to Lourdes?
Seriously, outside of corporal punishment, what IS appropriate response to 3rd graders who are disobedient, or who are using tobacco, or who simply don't show up if they don't feel like it? I'd suggest an intensive intervention meeting with BOTH parents. But suspect at least one could not be identified nor located.

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4JoeFromHubbard(1292 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

@ tnmartin:

I completely agree.

As with so many of these issues, some group wants to "dumb down" the whole system to meet their misguided desires.

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