This past Tuesday (January 24th), Education Week Magazine published an online report, which summed up its analysis of federal data that was recently released by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).
The DOE data set came from a probe by the federal government, which was conducted during the 2013-14 academic school year. This DOE investigation on civil rights sought to find out how often black children were arrested than white children at America’s public schools.
Education Week’s study conclusion was obvious: Black children, as well as other minority children are at a greater risk of getting arrested at school than white children are.
“In 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, wrote Evie Blad and Alex Harwin, the two authors of the recent Education Week study report. In two U.S. states, black students are arrested at alarming rates despite the fact that they are a clear minority of the student population.
“In Virginia, black students make up 39 percent of the enrollment in public schools with at least one arrest but 75 percent of school-based arrests. In Louisiana, black students comprise 40 percent of enrollment in schools with at least one arrest but 69 percent of students arrested at school,” Blad and Harwin also wrote.
Allison Brown, the executive director of the Communities for Just Schools Fund and a former lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice was one of the people Education Week interviewed in the process of completing its report. In her interview, Brown gave her take on why these arrests of black students occur at such high rates.
“Far too often when police are consistently present in black and brown communities, they criminalize behavior they wouldn’t in other places,” Brown told Education Week. “”Especially for young people, that is just devastating to their chances for success,” she continued.
Black parents can certainly prevent the widespread amount of racial discrimination being committed against their children by taking the education of their sons and daughters into their own hands. However, performing this job takes resources, skills, and the right amount of professional guidance.