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October 01, 2015

Use of Pepper Spray by School Police Violated Constitution, Judge Rules

Police in Birmingham schools used excessive force when they used a chemical agent on students who were not posing harm or resisting arrest, a federal judge ruled.

September 24, 2015

Seattle Puts a One-Year Pause on Some Suspensions for Elementary Students

Seattle joins districts around the country in exploring whether broad infractions like "defiance" are applied inconsistently across schools and student groups.

September 22, 2015

'Concentrated Disadvantage' Drives Chicago Discipline Disparities, Study Says

Controlling for race, gender, and other factors, Chicago students are more likely to be suspended if they attend schools with high rates of poverty, a new study finds.

September 16, 2015

Muslim Boy Arrested After School Says His Homemade Clock Looks Like a Bomb

Police arrested a 14-year-old freshman after they said his homemade clock looked like a bomb, sparking concerns of discrimination against Muslims.

September 14, 2015

Racial Justice, LGBT Groups Urge Collaboration on School Discipline Issues

A new report encourages racial equity groups and LGBT-student groups to collaborate on improving school discipline.

August 27, 2015

Black Students' Discipline Rates Are Especially High in the South, Study Finds

In 13 southern states, black students are much more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. A new study highlights how the national trend of discipline disparities plays out in the southern region.

August 25, 2015

Illinois Governor Signs Sweeping School Discipline Bill Championed by Students

The new law, which was passed with bipartisan support from Illinois lawmakers, is designed to make suspensions and expulsions a last resort.

August 19, 2015

Disparate Impact in School Discipline: What Does the Public Think?

Do teachers, parents, and the general public support district and federal efforts to make discipline more even-handed? A new poll seeks to gauge opinions on district and federal policies designed to tackle "disparate impact."

August 13, 2015

Student Sues After Two-Word Tweet Leads to Months-Long Suspension

Courts have typically upheld students' First Amendment rights on social media, except for instances that cause "substantial disruption" to schools.

August 12, 2015

McKinney, Texas, School Police Treat Students Unfairly, Civil Rights Groups Say

The police force in McKinney, Texas, which came under extra scrutiny after an officer tackled a girl at a pool party this summer, also penalizes a disproportionate numbers of black students in the city's schools, civil rights groups say. They have called for extra training for school-based officers.

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