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April 26, 2018

On-Site Police, Security More Common at Majority-Black Secondary Schools

An analysis of new federal civil rights data finds that secondary schools with mostly black students are more likely to have on-site police and security officers than schools with largely white enrollment.

April 24, 2018

Schools 'Less Safe for Black and Brown Children,' Civil Rights Advocates Say

National experts and civil rights advocates say new federal data that show black students and students with disabilities remain vastly over-represented among students involved in police interactions should come as no surprise.

April 04, 2018

DeVos Meets With Supporters, Critics of Discipline Rules as GAO Says Racial Disparities Persist

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is deciding whether or not to rescind Obama-era guidance on school discipline. Her meetings came as a report by the Government Accountability Office found black students are consistently disciplined at higher rates than their peers.

April 03, 2018

Citing Betsy DeVos's Faith, Christian Group Challenges Her Comments on Race, School Discipline

An open letter from a faith-based education advocacy group challenges Betsy DeVos, a devout Christian, to rethink her statements on race and school discipline.

March 19, 2018

Civil Rights Groups Sound the Alarm About Safety Plans After Parkland Shooting

"Knee-jerk reactions" to school safety fears after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., have created civil rights concerns for students of color and students with disabilities, a group of civil rights organizations said Monday.

March 07, 2018

Parkland-Inspired Bill on Guns, School Safety Heads to Florida Governor's Desk

Florida lawmakers passed a bill that includes restrictions on gun purchases, school safety measures, and a voluntary program to arm school staff. Gov. Rick Scott has not said if he will sign it.

January 11, 2018

Rep. Scott Urges DeVos to Keep Obama-Era School Discipline Guidance

The ranking member of the House education committee urged U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos not to scrap a directive issued by the Obama administration with the aim of driving down disproportionately high discipline rates for students of color.

December 08, 2017

School Discipline Debate Centers on Benefits, Consequences of Federal Guidance

Debate at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing focused heavily on whether the U.S. Department of Education should maintain, revoke, or revise Obama-era school discipline guidance.

December 05, 2017

School Discipline Debate Central to Hearing for Trump Civil Rights Nominee

If a school disciplines black students at a higher rate than their white peers, is that alone a violation of federal civil rights laws? That question played a big role in a confirmation hearing for the nominee to oversee civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education.

October 24, 2017

Teachers' Lower Expectations for Black Students May Become 'Self-Fulfilling Prophecies,' Study Finds

When evaluating the same black student, white teachers were nine percentage points less likely than black teachers to expect that the student would earn a college degree, researchers say.

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