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Tuscon to Implement Race Based Punishment System?

Ok this might be a bit old but worth looking into. So much for the Golden Child’s ability to erase race in the US. He’s colorblind like Colbert you know… So basically the plan states that:

“TUSD recognized that there are ethnic/racial disparities in student discipline actions … School data that shows disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes. Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African American and Hispanic students.”

Basically the Negro/Mexican, I mean African American/Mexican American students would get a pass on punishment or be made to suffer a reduced punishment based on skin color because more of them get in trouble? I don’t know, it’s quite confusing for my Moron Brain to wrap itself around. If anyone has any further info on this I’d love to see and hear it. The entire story can be found below the fold or at the following link.

According to the plan, the goal would be to “reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions of African American and Hispanic students.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson Unified School District discipline plan has sparked fireworks across the state.

The plan is part of a 52-page Post-Unitary Status Plan that the district produced. The plan, if approved, would allow students to choose which school they want to go to.

The discipline section, however, has caused controversy.
The plan states:

“TUSD recognized that there are ethnic/racial disparities in student discipline actions … School data that shows disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes. Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African American and Hispanic students.”

If disparities are seen, district administrators would “confer with the school about action steps to be taken to address disparities.”

According to the plan, the goal would be to “reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions of African American and Hispanic students.”

Tom Horne, Arizona school superintendent, does not believe the plan specifically calls for African American and Hispanic students to be punished differently.

He is very concerned, however, that teachers and administrators will think the policy implies that they should be more lenient on protected groups.

“To quote John Kennedy, ‘Race plays no part in life or law,’” Horne said. “If there’s a constraint on teachers imposing discipline based on the race of the student, I think that’s very dysfunctional from an educational standpoint.”

Horne said he plans to push a bill through the state legislature making it illegal to use race as a factor in school discipline. The bill would stop this policy from being enacted.

Jim Fish, assistant superintendent with the Tucson Unified School District, does not believe the policy would lead to students being punished differently based on race.

Instead, he thinks the policy is in place to make sure that African American and Hispanic students in the district are not being punished unfairly. That is why they would be scrutinizing the numbers.

“We could have used different terminology,” he admitted, “but I think it’s always good to find out what are the reasons some kids are being treated differently.”

Still, Fish said the ultimate goal of the district is equal treatment of all students.

“When we discipline kids, we discipline kids with the same brush,” he said. “This has nothing to do with racial lines.”

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