ERIC Number: ED407449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Discipline in Michigan Public Schools and Government Enforcement of Equal Education Opportunity.
Michigan State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
This study examines whether there is disproportionate discipline of minority students in Michigan's public schools and assesses the enforcement efforts of State and Federal agencies to ensure equal educational opportunity in this regard. The extent to which minority students were being disproportionately suspended and expelled was studied, as were the actions of the state government and the Office of Civil Rights, and ancillary problems related to these issues. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the situation and civil rights enforcement efforts. Chapter 2 defines school discipline and presents Michigan's statistics on discipline in the public schools. Chapter 3 explores the experiences of two urban local school corporations in Michigan, and Chapter 4 examines the structure and authority of the Michigan Board of Education and the State Department of Education. Chapter 5 reviews the role of the Federal government in school discipline. In Chapter 6, the relation of disability to school suspensions and expulsions is explored. Chapter 7 is an addendum that presents recent developments in school discipline in Michigan. The Advisory Committee presents its conclusions in Chapter 8. It is found that minority students are being suspended and expelled from the state's public schools at a disproportionately higher rate than nonminority students. Although such a finding is not tantamount to a judgment of discrimination, such a finding is disturbing. Also disturbing is that neither State nor Federal governments have made an effort to help local school officials analyze and correct this problem. Eight appendixes present additional details about the study and its conclusions. (Contains 1 figure and 19 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan