Discrimination in classroom discipline? Gee, what a surprise.

The US Department of Education confirmed what a lot of people have been saying for years: Black students—especially boys—are disciplined much more harshly than other students. The study looked at public school kids kindergarten through 12th grade. According the Department of Ed, only 18 percent of students were black, but they accounted for 35 percent of those suspended once, almost half of those suspended more than once, and almost 40 percent of all expulsions. Twice as many boys (1 in 5) were suspended as girls (1 in 10).

Part of the problem has to do with experience. Teachers in high-minority schools were paid more than $2,200 per year less than teachers in other places. In New York, the difference was $8,000/year. In Philadelphia, $14,000. That is absolutely stunning and completely unacceptable.

More details in a NYTimes article here:


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