Permission To Suspend A Student
You have to be kidding me!
The Minneapolis public school system just announced a new district-wide policy for disciplining students — well, I should say non-white students to be exact.
What is this new policy that gives, what appears to be an unfair advantage to non-white students?
If a Minneapolis public school wants to suspend a non-white student they must first get approval from the district's superintendent. However, if you are a white student, you do not get the chance to make your case in front of the superintendent.
Now, the school district has had students of color that were 10 times more likely to receive a suspension than white students. Might it be because the Minneapolis school district has an enrollment of more than 32,000 students and 70 percent are non-white.
So, the school district, starting on Monday, will review every suspension of a black, Hispanic or American Indian student that does not involve violent behavior and must get approval from the superintendent to suspend that non-white student.
These changes are coming after a review of suspensions made during the 2012-13 school year by the federal government that found a jump in suspensions for student in kindergarten through fourth grades.
The question I have is this: Are white students not being suspended for the same violations that non-white students are being suspended for?
If so, then there is a problem. If not, then why are they implementing this policy?
What are your thoughts?
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