Educating Diverse Learners: The Obama Administration Commitment

Recognizing the debate over treatment of immigrants and refugees, and an apparent administration shift in educational focus on supporting students with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds, it might be helpful to review the Obama administration statement on the importance of supporting diverse learners. From their perspective, supporting diverse learners is a civil right issue.

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New York Times: Racial Bias in School Discipline

The issue of racial bias in school discipline is one that has received a lot of attention. Many caregivers, educators, counselors, administrators, and psychologists are concerned about a link between involvement in school discipline practices, particularly suspensions and expulsions, and involvement in juvenile justice programs as link to what is called the school to prison pipeline.

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Education Secretary Seeks to Rollback Enforcement of Disproportionality Regulations

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed delaying regulation designed to address racial and ethnic inequalities in education and discipline outcomes. The proposed delay is thought by advocates of equity in education as rolling back protections for students of color in special education. In her confirmation hearing Ms. Devos was criticized foe her lack of understanding of special education and equity issues in education.

The story can be found at the link below:

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Discipline Disparities in Minnesota Schools

Data continues to show unequal application of discipline based on race in Minnesota schools.

Read the current state of discipline disparities at the following link:

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National Association of School Psychologist Position Paper on Racism and Prejudice


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Charter School Concern: Racial Isolation

A concern has been reported about theĀ  number of charter schools that lead to racial segregation, raising new concerns about separate and unequal education.

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A report from the Anne E. Casey foundation indicates that racial barriers impedes chances of success for children of color and those from immigrant families. Barriers include poverty and involvement in the juvenile justice system. The report can be found at the link below.

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