School Issues

Why Are Black Students Punished So Often? Minnesota Confronts a National Quandary

Abstract:

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, black students are suspended far more frequently than white students. President Trump is trying to overturn policies that President Obama put into place to address these racial disparities in suspensions.

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Source:

New York Times

Author:

Erica Green

Published:

3/18/2018

Students of Color Make a Space for Themselves in Advanced Classes

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Students like Enihs Medrano are often some of the only students of color in their advanced classes. In Colorado, a program called Public Achievement is working to challenge this by pairing University of Colorado undergraduate students with K-12 students to study activism.

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CPR News

Author:

Jenny Brundin

Published:

4/25/2019

6 Ways to Prevent Racism in Schools

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Racism exists in schools and must be addressed. Potential solutions include professional development for teachers and administrators about racism and culturally relevant teaching, and better awareness about how racial bias impacts school discipline.

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Source:

Kickboard

Author:

Nneka Bennett

Published:

7/12/1905

Fewer AP Classes, Suspended More Often: Black Students Still Face Racism in Suburbs

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In suburban schools, black students face racism in both school discipline and in access to advanced coursework. Students are forced to fight for the challenging educations they deserve as President Trump’s administration decreases protections for students of color in school.

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Source:

USA TODAY

Author:

Justin Murphy and Georgie Silvarole

Published:

2/4/2019

Kids Exposed to Racism Have Higher Risk of Depression and Sickness

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Racism has long-term, negative effects on children’s health, from depression to heart disease. The stress of racism can make kids more vulnerable to physical and mental illnesses and must be addressed.

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Source:

Washington Post, adapted by NewsELA

Published:

8/13/2019

Getting on the Right Track: How One School Stopped Tracking Students

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There are many problems with tracking, or splitting kids up into different classes based on their perceived academic abilities. One school decided to get rid of “foundations” or remedial classes and allow any student to sign up for advanced classes.

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Source:

Teaching Tolerance

Author:

Michelle Higgins

Published:

Summer 2019

Study: Teachers Show Racist Bias in Discipline

Abstract:

In a Yale study, researchers found that teachers are more likely to notice misbehavior from black students. White teachers had more lenient standards for behavior in black students than black teachers, lowering their expectations for achievement.

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Source:

Newsy

Published:

9/28/2016

Education Tracking System

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Tracking in public schools was designed at a time when only a small percentage of students needed to attend college for their future careers. Today, this practice still exists, and it further slows learning for kids forced into remedial or low-level classes.

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Video: Waiting for Superman

Author:

Davis Guggenheim

Published:

10/29/2010

The Hidden Racism of School Discipline, in 7 Charts

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Seven charts demonstrate black students, especially girls, are more likely to receive harsh discipline in school than their white peers. This racism in discipline practices is not explained by differences in students’ behavior. *TRIGGER WARNING

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Source:

Vox

Author:

Libby Nelson

Published:

10/31/2015