The Eurocentric nature of laws governing proper behavior hurts non-white kids in NYC Publics Schools (Source: CS Monitor)
His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”
“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”
"I'm here because silent voices can't be heard," Gladys Muhammad said. "We're tired of discriminatory practices."
One by one, Muhammad and a group of others approached the podium at a recent South Bend school board meeting to speak to the board and administration.
Among these African-American community leaders' concerns is the disparate number of black students who are identified as special education, as well as the suspension rate of African-American students here.
In April, The Tribune published a series called "Learning and teaching in the midst of race, special education and discipline" that described the district's recent citation by the Indiana Department of Education for the disproportionalities.
The sanction requires that 15 percent of the school corporation's $6.1 million federal special education grant -- which amounts to some $900,000 -- be spent on early intervention services for struggling students in an effort to ultimately avoid labeling them as special education.
But Muhammad and others are coming forward to ask the school district to do more.
They'd like a black student services department to be created.
It could be similar to the district's bilingual services department, they said.
|Yeah, its the same in Chicago|
- The Bell Curve is real – racial differences exist
- Black males/females mature faster than their racial counterparts
- Lacking in future time-orientation, blacks engage in violent acts at far greater rates than their racial counterparts (no concept of risk/reward)