Black Girls Kicked Out Of School In Record Numbers
January 12, 2016
Black children from Pre-K to 12th grade are finding it harder and harder to get a quality education because they get suspended or expelled in disproportionate numbers, especially girls, particularly in the South, says a recent report.
"Far too many students across the country find themselves suspended, expelled, or involved with the criminal justice system for misbehaviors that occur during school," explained Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) in the executive summary of a report by the Penn Graduate School of Education (PGSE).
"Making all of this worse is the fact that these punishments are not applied equally. From the data available, we know that Black students are disproportionately suspended, expelled, and referred to the criminal justice system by schools. The overuse of these punishments and their disproportionate use on students of color are serious problems that we have to address right now."
Nationally, over three million public school students received at least one out-of-school suspension and 130,000 were expelled during the 2011-2012 academic year according to the U.S. Department of Education, 2014.
According to the report released last month by PGSE, "Disproportionate Impact of K-12 School Suspension and Expulsion On Blacks in Southern States," Blacks were nearly half of all students suspended and expelled from public schools in the South.
Columbia Law School Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and colleagues explained the gravity of the situation in their 2015 report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected. They found that 90 percent of all girls expelled from New York City public schools in 2011-12 were Black.
"The imposition of harsh disciplinary policies in public schools is a well-known risk factor for stunted educational opportunities for Black and Latino boys," the report says. "Such punishments also negatively affect their female counterparts ... The risks that Black and other girls of color confront rarely receive the full attention of researchers, advocates, policymakers and funders," she noted.
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NYC high school teacher claims she was fired for Central Park Five lessons that administrators feared would create 'riots'
(teacher told that "Black students
can't handle the facts")
Jeena Lee-Walker, formerly of Upper West Side High School in New York City, was apparently fired for teaching lessons about the Central Park Five that administrators said would "rile up" Black students. Ms. Lee - Walker said that Black students "needed to be riled up!"
BY Victoria Bekiempis and Leonard Greene
January 8, 2016
A teacher at an Upper West Side high school was fired for creating a curriculum with lessons about the Central Park Five that administrators feared would "rile up" black students, according to a new federal lawsuit.
English teacher Jeena Lee-Walker said her bosses at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry urged her in November 2013 to be more "balanced" in her approach to the racially charged Central Park jogger case that ended with five black and Latino teens being exonerated after spending several years in prison for the attack.
They told her the lessons could create little "riots," according to court papers. "I was stunned," she told the Daily News. "I was kind of like, the facts are the facts. This is what happened. These boys went to jail and lost 14, 18 years of their lives. How can you say that in a more balanced way?"
Although Lee-Walker, 37, agreed to soften her approach, she argued "that students in general, and black students in particular, should be riled up." "I kind of wanted to hook them in, engage them, win them over," she said. "I thought that this material was not only engaging but important."
Lee-Walker said her Central Park Five program captivated her students, many of whom came from the same neighborhood as the young men. "It was awesome - they were so engaged," she said. "They were really moved by the documentary and rightly so. They really identified with the teenagers."
But after several tense exchanges with supervisors, Lee-Walker received a series of bad performance reviews over the next 18 months that ultimately led to her dismissal, the suit said. She was fired in May, roughly two years after joining the High School for the Arts and six years after she began teaching in city public schools.
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