Report Uncovers Systemic Racism Tied to Charter School Discipline Policies

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John King, secretary of education, discussed in a speech at the National Charter School Conference (NCSC), how over-the-top disciplinary policies have caused charter schools to obtain their incredibly high suspension rate.

King called this protocol “nuanced and complicated” because of the pressure to be either for “authoritarian control or no discipline at all”.

Zero tolerance policies are common in most of the well-known charter schools; and the method is heralded as “essential to ensuring success for the types of students [we] serve” – referring to the children coming from “economically devastated communities, raised by a single parent, or have no structure in their lives outside school.”

Earlier this year the Department of Education (DoE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) revealed that African American students are 4 times more likely to be suspended from a charter school than their Caucasian counterparts.

And for students with disabilities, they are suspended from charter schools 2 to 3 times more often than non-disabled students. Whether it is a minor infraction or not, charter schools are showing a propensity toward bias – even at the preschool level.

From 2011 to 2012, charter schools suspended 7.8% of their student body. Children with disabilities were suspended 15.5%; however when it comes to extremes, 235 charter schools had suspended more than 50% of their disabled students.

For perspective, 40% of high school levels were suspending more than 10% of their African American student body for 4 or more infractions.

The researchers noted: “This raises questions about whether charter schools may be violating civil rights law by not reporting the data on whom they exclude from school on disciplinary grounds. One can reasonably infer that, like noncharter schools, there are likely many effective charter schools that reserve suspension as a measure of last resort.”

And considering how minority children are viewed, it is not surprising that the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CRR) found that charter schools have an unusually high suspension rate of students of color and who have disabilities.

One of the consequences of this type of selective education is that in some cities, like Los Angles, charter schools have taken over , with more than 100,000 students making up the second largest school-district in the country and calling for more than $500 million to maintain.

Across the country, charter schools have caused “a tipping point” within school districts such as Detroit where financing isn’t available and students are moving to the alternative.

For the last twenty years, charter schools have enjoyed a steady rise in enrollment with more than 2.6 million students across the country attending the public school alternative since 2014.

In cities such as Orlando and Las Vegas, overcrowding in public schools is a problem; however charter schools are being sold to parents as a way to achieve quality education while shifting tax dollars from public to charter.

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