Decriminalizing Our Schools

School discipline strategies need to be decriminalized because it’s negatively effecting youth by removing them from instruction time. It is undeniable that black males are disciplined and punished disproportionately more than any other group. Black males are 4 times more likely than their white male peers to receive a suspension or expulsion. UCLA’s Civil Rights Project released a study of inequalities in school punishment. It revealed that the Missouri school district that the Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown attend has one of the highest suspension rates in nation. The overall suspension rate of black students is close to 50 percent. An EdWeek article highlights the importance of looking into why teachers identify certain students as problem students and give them appropriate training to fairly and properly reprimand students without taking away valuable instruction time.

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