Coalition wants school discipline changes; Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Out-of-school suspensions in Delaware are disproportionately affecting black, Hispanic and special-needs students, putting them on the fast-track to prison and setting them up for social failure, a group of Wilmington and New Castle County leaders and state activists say.
Calling themselves the Coalition for Fairness & Equity in Schools, they are urging the Delaware Department of Education to more openly report who is being suspended – and for what. They also are pushing school districts to work more closely with communities to find other ways to maintain a positive school climate.
“When it comes to violence in the City of Wilmington, one of the root causes is education. It’s not the kids with high school diplomas who are on the corner with a gun,” said Wilmington Councilman Nnamdi O. Chukwuocha. “But, unfortunately, our system is pushing students out of school with these no-tolerance discipline policies.”