Black stu­dents dis­pro­por­tion­ately dis­ci­plined in school dis­trict

South Florida Times - - NATION -

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. - An an­nual re­port pro­duced by Ken­tucky's ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment found roughly twice as many black stu­dents as white stu­dents were sus­pended in the school dis­trict serv­ing the state's sec­ond-largest city.

The Lex­ing­ton Her­ald-Leader re­ported on Sun­day that black stu­dents con­sti­tuted 22.4 per­cent of the Fayette County pub­lic schools' pop­u­la­tion dur­ing the 2016-2017 school year, while white stu­dents made up 52.2 per­cent. The an­nual School Re­port Card found black stu­dents re­ceived nearly twice the num­ber of both in-school and out-of-school sus­pen­sions as white stu­dents.

NAACP ed­u­ca­tion chair Sham­bra Mulder urged school board mem­bers to for­mu­late new dis­ci­pline prac­tices and poli­cies, and sug­gested plac­ing a psy­chol­o­gist in each school.

County di­rec­tor of Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices Faith Thomp­son says the board re­cently hired a Cul­ture Re­spon­sive Teach­ing and Learn­ing Coach to ad­dress the dis­par­ity.


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