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DOE: School Discipline Violates Civil Right Laws

From CNS News:

DOE: School Suspensions of Boys, Blacks, Disabled May Violate Civil Rights Laws

By Melanie Hunter | December 13, 2012

“Students of color, students with disabilities and male students” are suspended at a disproportionate rate to their peers, in “potential violation of civil rights laws,” an official from the U.S. Department of Education said at a congressional hearing Wednesday on the so-called school-to-prison pipeline.

“We are alarmed by the disparities in disciplinary sanctions, particularly for students of color, students with disabilities, and male students,” said Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Education Department.

In written testimony, Delisle said such disparities are a “potential violation of civil rights laws.”

“When African-American students are more than 3 ½ times as likely to be suspended or expelled as their white peers, or students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as their non-disabled peers, as they are today–it raises substantial concerns,” Delisle told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“These concerns are reflected in our department’s enforcement efforts and in the stories we’ve heard from the field, which demonstrate too often that students face disciplinary actions on the basis of their race,” she said…

In other words, Obama administration is arguing that public school discipline is too racist. What a surprise, huh?

Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said at the hearing that he and the CBC have “advocated vigorously for over a decade that the federal government should lead the effort to address the over-disciplining of youth–a key factor involved in the educational crisis of African-Americans and especially African-American men.” …

“We must focus on the early years as well. It is unacceptable that African-American male preschoolers are expelled at almost nine times the rate of African-American girls with white preschool boys being expelled at almost four times the rate of their female peers,” Davis added.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also cited statistics on the disparities in discipline in the nation’s schools. He said African-Americans are three times more likely to be suspended and four times more likely to be expelled than their white peers. Also, more than 70 percent of students arrested in schools are African-American or Latino.

What is the racial/ethnic breakdown of these bigoted school administrators?

He said disparities also exist with students identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

“What’s more, the disparities extend beyond race," said Durbin. "Nationally, students with disabilities are suspended at more than twice the rate of students without disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth are more likely to be disciplined and arrested than their peers." …

Naturally. — But guess who is left? Clearly, we need to punish straight white students more.

“This school-to-prison pipeline has moved scores of young people from classrooms to courtroom. A schoolyard fight that used to warrant a trip to the principal’s office can now lead to a trip to the booking station and a judge,” Durbin said.

“Sadly, there are schools that look more like prison than places for children to learn and grow. Students pass through metal detectors, and police roam the halls. Suspensions, expulsions, and in-school arrests lead to kids being out of the classroom and a troubling increase in the number of people in the juvenile justice system,” Durbin added.

Er, who has imposed draconian laws regarding bullying, and weapons and drug possession? Do-gooder liberals.

To make sure all students are “treated equitably as a nation,” Delisle called for “a multi-prong strategy that encourages educators to pro-actively monitor their discipline practices for disproportionality, assess for root causes where disproportionality exists, and engage in a broad-based community effort to develop an action plan to root out discrimination in the administration of discipline.”

That will solve the problem for sure. Why didn’t anyone think of that sooner?

(Bear in mind, this solution is coming from an assistant secretary at the Department of Education. They don’t hire just anyone, you know.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, December 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “DOE: School Discipline Violates Civil Right Laws”

  1. Anonymoose

    Exactly, after a list like that who’s left to discipline except the straight white students?

    Among the many things I tried in my life was after I got a liberal arts degree and -surprise- couldn’t find a job, I had a lot of people asking me why I didn’t become a teacher. I had never seriously thought of it as teaching seemed a largely thankless and low pay career.

    So rather than plunge into a Master’s of Education program I worked as a substitute teacher for a few months. Back then all you needed was just a bachelor’s degree and got onto the list. This was back when things were just starting to get out of hand–“zero tolerance” policies on drugs where even aspirin or vitamins were restricted. And really, calling police on minor discipline problems is 100% the fault of the liberals and their approaches to control.

    I remember two incidents from that time; one was a black student who provoked and egged on every teacher and had almost gotten one substitute fired by crying racism; fortunately I was lucky to avoid an incident with him.

    Another was a white girl tapping a black student sitting in front of her on the shoulder and annoying him so he turned around smacked her in the face with a book. I explained both were in trouble, she would be written up for provoking him and he’d stay after school for hitting her as he could have defused the situation by asking her to stop first or telling me as the teacher.

    Needless to say it was accusations of racism but I stood my ground; the student decided to apologize to the girl after which I let it drop–the point was acknowledging the wrongness of actions and not punishment for it’s own sake.

    Today—oh my, I guess my decision would have me in court for violating his “civil rights.”

    In Liberal Land we’re all “equal” so if 12% of the people are of any particular minority then that same 12% needs to be reflected everywhere; in employment, crime rates, education, and so on. To not do so is “racist” and “discriminatory,” rather than reality. So what to do? I guess discipline won’t be enforced for fear of ending a career or facing civil penalties.

    Schools that are already out of control will get even more so because any bias of any sort must be hunted and rooted out as “discrimination” is the problem, not the behavior that caused the discipline in the first place.

  2. Astravogel

    “…overdisciplining of youth…?” Seems to me that if discipline
    was inculcated in the home, the schools could get on with the
    job of educating ALL of our youth to counteract the coming
    submergence of the United States as a power of consequence.

  3. GetBackJack

    Simple statement by Will Smith …. Don’t Start Nothing, Won’t Be Nothing

  4. Anything that involves punishment is ALWAYS going to affect blacks at a disproportionate rate because blacks simply commit crime at disproportionate rates. THIS IS JUST POLITICAL COVER for the 94% of the black vote going to democrats. It’s voter protection, to distract from the problem and blame someone else.
    It’s the same game as always. It’s guns that are the problem, not the people who have criminal intent. If we just outlaw guns instead of crime, we won’t have crime!

    “The system is so biased and racist! Look at these disproportional numbers! Let’s talk about and investigate whatever system is causing this!”

    It’s part of the racial psychological manipulation that the democrat party puts out as often as they can. They know, through careful testing and research, what motivates and intimidates certain races of people, there are patterns they are aware of, and direct their messages to demographics in a way that are likely to create a favorable opinion toward liberalism.

    The Book on White people: Easily shamed, strong sense of morals. Reflective, contemplative, emotionally moved to sympathy, despite unpopular truths. Trained to be intimidated by the mere use of intimidating buzzwords: racist, sexist, homophobic, stereotype, bigot, neanderthal, and so on. Stay away from facts, as whites are also analytical, therefore, appeal to their heart instead of their minds.

    *I have seen this so many times in pop-culture, I am immune to their tricks.
    The Riki Lake show formats
    The news
    University classes
    Talk shows
    Sunday morning political shows
    Commercials trying to get you to feel guilty
    Months dedicated to special interest minorities, and how we are to feel sorry for them
    Holidays for special interest groups
    Whisper campaigns
    Political trial balloons that get people talking
    Political correctness

    The whole thing is a mind-screw, I don’t know how I haven’t been been turned into a brainwashed zombie by now.




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