Racial disparities persist in DC’s school system

EDUCATION | A new report by the District government shows a decrease in the rate of suspensions and expulsions in the city’s public and charter schools. However, the report also finds that schools have not been able to eliminate racial disparities in discipline. (WaPo, 2/2)

Black students are nearly seven times more likely to be suspended than their white peers, the report found. More than 10 percent of black students in the city’s schools were suspended at least once, compared with fewer than 1 percent of white students.

There is also some concern that schools are not accurately counting suspensions. Several education advocates told council members that some schools are using “do-not-admit” lists that forbid a student from returning after a suspension unless a parent escorts the student back to school and meets with administrators.

[At-Large Councilmember] David Grosso called these “informal exclusionary practices” worrisome. Eduardo Ferrer, a lawyer with DC Lawyers for Youth, said that schools should avoid such measures and that the city must do more to collect data on informal suspensions..

– The Arlington Public Library will launch an online exhibition and searchable database that tells the story of the desegregation of Arlington’s schools. (ArlingtonVa Newsroom, 2/2)

– How Segregated Schools Built Segregated Cities (Citylab, 2/2)

– More than 70 Prince George’s County police officers, many of whom are members of the National Hispanic Law Enforcement Association and the United Black Police Officers Association, have filed a racial discrimination complaint against the police department. (NBC4, 2/2)

– Opinion: A welcome change in D.C. jails (WaPo, 1/31)

FOOD | A D.C. councilmember has introduced a bill that would create a tax credit for food donations and end the practice of putting ‘sell by’ dates on food. (WBJ, 2/2)

IMMIGRATIONVirginia takes legal action against Trump’s immigration order (Loudoun Times, 2/1)

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