Schools sending too many kids to court rather than principal's office, administration says

  • Article by: KIMBERLY HEFLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on 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.

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arspartzJan. 8, 14 1:34 AM

Rather than looking at race, why not look at culture. Perhaps some of the cultures in this country are more prone to misbehave.

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JvonkorffJan. 8, 1411:44 AM

There are twin goals. In the classroom, a teacher should be able to deliver instruction and maintain classroom control. Every child has a right to attend a classroom where learning is taking place, free of disruption. Class time should be learning time. And that means that when a classroom is disrupted, the teacher needs assistance. The issue is whether that assistance has to be suspensions...interrupting learning and putting kids on the streets. The other goal is to maintain a connection between all students, even those who are alienated, and education. So, the goal is to find ways to maintain discipline without driving students into the criminal justice program or putting them on the street. In-school suspensions, temporary diversions, interventions that require the student to stay in school and continue studies is the obvious solution, so long as the student is not a danger to other students or staff.

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dazel21Jan. 8, 14 3:14 PM

When students stop acting like criminals then we won't treat them like criminals.

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avejoeconJan. 9, 1410:12 AM

telling us that minorities are only 15% of the population doesn't mean a thing. We need to know what percentage of offenses are done by minorities. That is the only way to know if it is disproportional.

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firefight41Jan. 9, 14 2:13 PM

Holder announced last summer that he was instructing federal prosecutors to stop charging nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentences, a change affecting crack cocaine sentences that have disproportionately affected minorities. *************** Maybe because minorities are using crack cocaine more so then other races.

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