The Department of Education’s Obama-Era Initiative on Racial Disparities in School Discipline: Wrong For Students and Teachers, Wrong on the Law

Gail Heriot:

As the title suggests, the article makes two arguments: (1) The Obama Administration’s aggressive application of disparate impact theory to school discipline, is a bad policy; and (2) It goes beyond the scope of the federal government’s authority too.

I’ll discuss the second argument in another post. Right now, let me give you a taste of the first.

During the Obama Administration, one of the Department of Education’s primary missions was to stop schools from suspending or otherwise disciplining African American students at higher rates than white or Asian American students:

  • xenonman

    I wish you wouldn’t cut off these stories.

    Anyhow, this strikes me as more of the same bogus concern as why there are proportionately so many more people of color behind bars.
    Might a hazard a guess that it might just be due to the uncontested fact that such people commit more crimes or school disciplinary infractions?