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A new study indicates students with disabilities throughout the public school system are getting suspended nearly twice as much as those without, with disabled black students being particularly disciplined.
According to the New York Times, the analysis (PDF) by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA took a look at data compiled in 10 states during the 2009-10 school year by the Department of Education, and found that more than 25 percent of black students with disabilities, ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors, were suspended.
Overall, 13 percent of disabled students were suspended, compared to 7 percent of non-disabled students.
now they tell us !!
Other recommendations in the UCLA report for school districts include additional training for teachers; the inclusion of suspension rates in performance criteria for schools and classroom management skills in teacher assessments.
Some observations: It doesn't appear that there was an anti-white bias, as other non-whites had half the suspensions of blacks. Could it be that the suspensions were given out fairly, based on behavior?
• National suspension rates show that 17%, or 1 out of every 6 Black schoolchildren enrolled in K-12, were suspended at least once. That is much higher than the 1 in 13 (8%) risk for Native Americans; 1 in 14 (7%) for Latinos; 1 in 20 (5%) for Whites; or the 1 in 50 (2%) for Asian Americans.
• For all racial groups combined, more than 13% of students with disabilities were suspended. This is approximately twice the rate of their non-disabled peers.
• Most disturbing is the fact that one out of every four (25%) Black children with disabilities enrolled in grades K-12 was suspended at least once in 2009-2010.
• Students with disabilities and Black students were also more likely to be suspended repeatedly in a given year than to be suspended just once. The reverse was true for students without disabilities and for most other racial/ethnic groups
Originally posted by xuenchen
I wonder if many of these kids are "Ritalin" kids ?
Ritalin is a very dangerous "medication".
We need to wonder too if Teachers were / are taking "medications" ?
And further, what about these "study" producers ?
Originally posted by Hefficide
There was a kid in my high school who was, to be kind, a bit "off"... He was most likely legally right at the threshold for retardation... he picked through trash cans during lunch, yelled randomly at other students, and had a variety of "isms" that were problematic in a social setting.
Having said that... I myself got suspended twice for fighting people who were picking on this kid. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be him. He was socially outcast, ridiculed, picked-on, insulted, and abused constantly. So I tend to want to play the Devils advocate here and ask myself "How many of these kids are problems versus how many get labeled as problems because the "normal" kids won't leave them alone and treat them like human beings?"
I mean... seriously... there, but for the grace...
And so the Departments of Education and Justice have launched a campaign against disproportionate minority discipline rates, which show up in virtually every school district with significant numbers of black and Hispanic students. The possibility that students’ behavior, not educators’ racism, drives those rates lies outside the Obama administration’s conceptual universe. But the country will pay a high price for the feds’ blindness, as the cascade of red tape and lawsuits emanating from Washington will depress student achievement and enrich advocates and attorneys for years to come.
This past March, Duncan released some newly gathered national discipline data. The “undeniable truth,” he said, was that the “everyday educational experience for many students of color violates the principle of equity.” The massive media coverage of Duncan’s report trumpeted the discipline disparity—blacks were three and a half times more likely to get suspended or expelled than their white peers—as convincing evidence of widespread discrimination. (The fact that white boys were over two times as likely to be suspended as Asian and Pacific Islander boys was discreetly ignored, though it would seem to imply antiwhite bias as well.)
The Department of Education has launched investigations of at least five school systems because of their disparate black-white discipline rates. The Department of Justice has already put the Barnwell, South Carolina, school district under a costly consent decree, complete with a pricey outside consultant, and is seeking similar control of other districts. The theory behind this school discipline push is what Obama officials and civil rights advocates call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” According to this conceit, harsh discipline practices—above all, suspensions—strip minority students of classroom time, causing them to learn less, drop out of school, and eventually land in prison.