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The Missouri division of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been keeping a close eye on the state’s public education system and how it deals with minority and disadvantaged children.
In 2015, Missouri got a number one ranking in a very unflattering contest between U.S. states competing to see which one of their school systems could suspend the most black elementary school children. This fact was published in a 2015 study by researchers at UCLA and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies.
Moreover, the ACLU released a study in very recent history earlier this month, which continued to analyze how the state of Missouri treats minority and disadvantaged children who are products of its public school system. This study is titled Missouri’s Pipeline of Injustice: From School to Prison.
The ACLU’s October 12th study report relied on data that was extracted from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri School Resource Officers Association and Missouri Uniform Crime Reporting.
The key findings of the ACLU’s new study came as no surprise, considering the fact that Missouri had already been exposed in 2015 as the leading state that uses its public education system to disproportionately oppress minority and disadvantaged children.
“Missouri can trace its troubled history with racism to the Antebellum era, when it was contentiously admitted to the Union as a slave state in the 1820 Missouri Compromise. We need to examine the evidence of bias in
Missouri schools within this broader historical context,” the ACLU study authors wrote.
The study revealed that there are still huge out-of-school suspension disparities between black and white students. Not only that, black and disabled students of color in other U.S-based minority groups are being suspended from school at overwhelmingly higher rates than disabled white students.
For more sobering facts about the reality of Missouri’s oppression of minority and disadvantaged school children, visit the links to the research sources listed below this news article.
Source 1: https://www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-rights-remedies/school-to-prison-folder/federal-reports/are-we-closing-the-school-discipline-gap/AreWeClosingTheSchoolDisciplineGap_FINAL221.pdf