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June 22, 2013

Feds investigating Durham school suspension rates

Jane Porter:

The federal government has begun investigating a complaint that Durham Public Schools suspends black and disabled students at disproportionately high rates, a group that filed the complaint said Thursday.
Advocates for Children's Services, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA filed the complaint against DPS in April with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

In the 2009-2010 school year, 14.1 percent of black students were suspended while 3.3 percent of white students were; 17 percent of disabled students were suspended while 8.4 percent of non-disabled students were, according to the complaint.

It describes the experiences of two students identified only as "N.B." and "T.H." Both are black and both spent years in DPS; both were suspended from school repeatedly.

"N.B.," a 17-year-old student diagnosed with several mental health issues, wasn't evaluated for her eligibility for special education and related services by DPS until she was well into high school. "T.H." has been diagnosed with behavioral disabilities; instead of addressing those issues which the complaint says contributed to his falling behind in school, "(his school) responded punitively with out-of-school suspension."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 22, 2013 3:26 AM
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