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Feds: School discipline harsher for blacks

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

Associated Press


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.”


1dontbeafool(1944 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months 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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2redeye1(5530 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

@don't I wouldn't expect anything else from a black man when it comes to race question. Just look at the game where blacks are going around hitting unexpecting white people in the face, hoping to knock them out. Has any of them been charged with a hate crime NO! But a white kid does the same thing to blacks and he is charged with a HATE crime. WHY? So as far as I'm concerned assaulting someone should land your arse in jail by passing the principle's office

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3dontbeafool(1944 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months 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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