Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chicago Public Schools seeks to lessen student suspensions on black... Basically a colored student can't follow the rules so lets change the rules
Amid calls to make black student punishment less severe, Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled revisions to its student code of conduct Monday that eliminate mandatory 10-day out-of-school suspensions for even the most serious cases.
Chicago's school board is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes Wednesday. They include:
•Giving principals the option to assign in-school suspensions to students whose offenses currently lead to out-of-school suspensions.
•Reducing the automatic length of suspension from 10 days to 5 days for the most serious cases, including allegations of arson, sexual assault and use of a weapon. A 10-day suspension would still be at the principal's discretion.
•Allowing school administrators to use "restorative justice" techniques to discipline students whose offenses were not criminal and did not pose a threat to the campus. These could include peer juries or peer conferencing, where fellow students help mediate the conflict.
CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said the proposed changes came after meetings with youth advocacy groups concerned about the district's high rate of suspensions.
"When students are taken out of their learning environments, their academic achievement suffers," Ziegler said.
Emma Tai, a coordinator at VOYCE, a student-led youth group pushing for less punitive discipline polices in CPS, said the changes ignore the inordinately high rate of suspensions for African-American and Latino students compared with their white classmates. Due directly to white students following the rules and also not committing violence on other students, teachers and staff.