School Requires Approval for Suspensions

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School suspensions will happen – some fair and others maybe not so much. There are cases, especially non-violent ones, that can use an alternative disciplinary consequence.

There has been a trend nationwide in the public school system that has not gone unnoticed. The Grio reports that in the Minneapolis school system students of color are 10 times more likely to be suspended than their White peers.

Honestly, are you surprised by this at any rate?

There’s no alarm in this report, but the progression is coming from Bernadeia Johnson, a superintendent, working to fix the outcomes and number game surrounding student suspension.

Johnson is now requiring that all schools obtain permission from her office for all non-violent suspensions of non-White students.

Now, people can sweep this under the rug and label students as unruly, but there is a deeper issue here. Race is a factor.

U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights found that Black boys and girls are indeed suspended at a higher rate than other students. To be more exact, the numbers weigh in at 20 percent for boys and 12 for females.

Earlier in the year, Johnson banned suspensions of kindergartners and first-graders.

The focus all around should be an increase in fair education and genuine investment in the lives and futures of our youth.

Johnson is moving in a progressive direction, but do you see controversy on the horizon coming from non-minorities on the subject of student suspension?