Florida Courier: Civil rights group targets disproportionate school discipline
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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has filed a series of civil rights complaints against Florida school districts that subject Black students to harsh disciplinary policies at rates that are far higher than for White students.
The complaints, filed with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, describe how Black students in the school districts in Escambia, Bay, Okaloosa, Flagler and Suwannee counties are suspended, expelled and arrested at school for relatively minor and non-violent conduct.
Time for reform
“Unforgiving disciplinary policies are cutting short the futures of countless Black students across Florida and the entire nation,” said Stephanie Langer, a staff attorney for the SPLC’s Florida office.
“If school districts truly want to provide a quality education to all of their students, they will reform these discriminatory policies.”
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