Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time? | EduShyster

The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time? | EduShyster:

The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time?

Today’s topic is civil rights. As in those things that you are not supposed to violate. Unless, of course, you are part of an effort to crush the achievement gap—otherwise known as the civil rights issue of our time—in which case you may apparently violate civil rights with impunity.
The first stop on our tour is Fall River, Massachusetts, where the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has just announced an inves­tigation into allegations that the city’s schools are suspending black and Latino students at a disproportionate rate. According to the ACLU, the Fall River Public Schools suspended 18% of all students in the last school year. And as Dan Losen of the Office of Civil Rights explains, even suspending a