A black boy in baggy pants is disciplined, while a white girl in a short skirt, also against the dress code, is left alone. A girl gets suspended for fighting, but the principal doesn’t realize she’s been repeatedly harassed for being gay.
A new set of reports dives deep into the complex causes of such inequities in school discipline – along racial and other lines – and offers more details on what schools can do to create a climate that is both orderly and fair.
“All schools see a wide range of adolescent misbehavior, but school responses vary dramatically. Some schools see an educational mission in teaching appropriate behavior and are successful at improving behavior without resorting to suspension and expulsion,” said Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles, in a statement Thursday releasing the new work from the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative…
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