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Feds: School discipline harsher for blacks



Published: Thu, January 9, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

The Obama administration Wednesday pressed the nation’s schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal’s office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the country have been taking action to adjust the policies that disproportionately affect minority students.

Attorney General Eric Holder said problems often stem from well-intentioned “zero-tolerance” policies that can inject the criminal- justice system into school matters.

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

But it’s about race, too, the government said in a letter accompanying the new guidelines it issued Wednesday.

“In our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students,” the Justice Department and Education Department said in the letter to school districts. “In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.”


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1eivo(1443 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

If someone beats up the teacher, that student shouldn't go to the principles office, they should go directly to prison, regardless of whether they are black or white.

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2dontbeafool(786 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Sometimes I think that you can't read eivo.
“A ROUTINE SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY ACTION" should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Holder said.

Of course if a teacher gets assaulted, someone is going to the PD. How many fist fights happened in your school growing up? How many resulted in a suspension, paddling, or detention? I don't think that every fist fight participant went straight to the PD, unless a weapon was used.

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3eivo(1443 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

The last thing we need is Fast and Furious Holder telling anyone how to run a school.

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4dontbeafool(786 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

Just as Kasich and the Lehman brother who lost $500 in Ohio workers' pensions shouldn't be telling Ohio schools how to operate. Of course you didn't address any of the questions, you just name called and blasted a Democrat.

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