This Alabama School District Has a Disturbing Claim to Fame: They’ve Only Expelled Black Students

June 10, 2016 | Posted by
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Kindergarten students at Faine Elementary School in Alabama. Courtesy Dothan City Schools.

An Alabama school district is guilty of blatant racial bias against its Black students, so says the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The civil rights organization’s analysis of federal stats revealed some damaging truths about Dothan City Schools.

Just 55 percent of the student population is Black, but African-Americans account for 87 percent of out-of-school suspensions, 90 percent of the referrals to the district’s alternative school and 100 percent of the expulsions.

The report also criticized Dothan’s dependence on school resource officers to resolve minor incidents.

Attorneys for the SPLC presented their findings to school board members Monday evening, the Dothan Eagle reports, and they recommended sweeping changes to the system’s disciplinary code, including an end to zero-tolerance policies.

Research has shown that the overly harsh practices disproportionately punish students of color, pushing them out of school and into the juvenile justice system.

The troubling phenomenon, defined by experts as the school-to-prison pipeline, has been fueled by former President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. The 2001 legislation’s focus on test scores as the ultimate measure of success has created incentives for low-performing, disproportionately Black and lower-income schools, to weed out their most vulnerable students.

These youths, often left at home alone with no structure, are more likely to eventually drop out of school and/or find themselves in illegal activities.

Andit costs the country an estimated $35 billion each year, according to a recent report by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies.

“People without a high school diploma earn less, have more health problems, and are more likely to get into trouble with the law,” said study co-author Dr. Russell W. Rumberger, professor of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “That means less tax revenue and higher health care and criminal justice costs for all of us.”

The SPLC proposed four additional reforms to Dothan’s current system, according to WTVY.

  • Reexamine due process procedures for the parents of disciplined children
  • Amend the agreement between the system and the city for the school resource officer program
  • Collect and report data on law enforcement referrals and school-related arrests
  • Provide staff training on policy revisions

 

Dothan City School Superintendent Charles Ledbetter was receptive to the modifications, suggesting the board members reconvene as early as Thursday to begin work on a new strategy to improve academic achievement and keep students inside of the schools.

“We always have as a back burner, legal action,” attorney Natalie Lyons said, per the Dothan Eagle. “But right now we’re focused on trying to make changes in collaboration with the school district. This is our aim.”

Lyons told AL.com the SPLC focused on Dothan after seeing a news story about a student who was tased by a school resource officer.

“When we looked further into the district, other issues popped up, including racial disparities in discipline, and specifically, suspensions and referrals to the alternative school.”

The SPLC said the Dothan report was just the beginning of a planned statewide analysis.

Education Week ranked the Alabama education system 45th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its Quality Counts 2015 report.

The U.S. Department of Education released its Civil Rights Data Collection Tuesday, which showed that Black students are nearly twice as likely to be expelled as white students and almost four times as likely to be suspended.

Not even preschoolers were exempt from racial disparities. Black children accounted for 47 percent of preschool suspensions yet make up only 19 percent of the total population.

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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MikeeB28, a blogger on YouTube wrote:  Too bad some White people don't love LIVING Blacks as much as they love DEAD ones. 

Watching the Procession of Muhammad Ali attests to THAT.

The entire White Race suffers from Trump Mental Insanity Disease. None of this racial shit would have happened if someone didn't develop the idea to go to AFRICA, of all damn places. They should have reached back to the CAVES. Something from there could have picked the cotton. They're good at training dogs. Should have tried that. Could have little puppy dogs sitting at the desks at their damn schools. They'd have something to kiss all the live long days.

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Things like what's happening in that Alabama school system also happen because the parents of Black children do not band together to confront the school system, the school, or administrators until it get this bad.  

It also happens because Black teachers will sit and say or do nothing when they know they are witnessing the blatant discrimination and racism against Black children in the schools they are teaching in.

People will almost always only do what you allow them to either do to you or what you allow them to get away with doing to you, and this includes racist acts, tactics and abuse of authority, like what they have been doing and getting away in this Alabama school district and school districts all across America since integration.

Yet, African Americans still are too unconscious, and blinded by the false idea that "racism has changed" or "its not as bad as it used to be", or are too busy being damn near criminally indifferent, or too busy living in a fantasy world about race, racism and what is happening with African Americans in this country as well as with the entire Black race globally, that the entire Black race is being left wide open for racist/racial abuse, where even our children are left wide open to abuse by racists psychopaths, sociopaths, sadists and hate-mongers.  

These flukkas are the female lions of humanity. They come at you with teeth bared and claws pointed at your behind, 10 at a time. We're the gazelles, we can run like hell, we can't out run bullets and we're crazy, but nowhere as crazy as these former dwellers of the caves. That bat shit got to all of them. We made them a heap of money, they kept it, here we are, where we don't belong, most of us poorer than church mice, depending on the female lions for our lives. We're beyond living under terrorist conditions. There's no explanation for this shit of a predicament we're captured in. The only way completely out is 6 feet under.

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