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ERIC Number: EJ901331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-13
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
School Discipline Inequities Become a Federal Priority
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v30 n7 p1, 15 Oct 2010
Federal officials are getting the word out that addressing racial disparities in school discipline is a high priority, and they plan to use "disparate-impact analysis" in enforcing school discipline cases--a legal course of action that some civil rights lawyers contend was neglected under the administration of President George W. Bush. In enforcing the civil rights law federal officials look for evidence of "different treatment," or that people intentionally discriminated against a particular group. But federal officials are obliged to also look at "disparate impact," whether a particular group is disproportionately affected by a policy though no intention of discrimination may exist. An education agency would be found out of compliance if an equally sound policy would have less of a disparate impact. A focus by federal officials on fully enforcing the disparate-impact analysis could force many school districts to re-examine and change their discipline policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A