Monday, December 5, 2016

Report: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers: Gothamist

Report: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers: Gothamist:

Report: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers

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Black students at New York City's public schools are arrested at a rate 10 times higher than their white peers, according to a new report on school discipline from the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The report, which was released Friday, found that more than 60 percent of in-school arrests made in the first half of 2016 were of black students, even though less than 30 percent of students in NYC schools are black. The arrest rate for black students was more than 2.5 times the rate for Latinos.
White students make up 15 percent of the public school population but accounted for only 3 percent of arrests in the period examined. Latinos, who make up 40 percent of the population, accounted for 30 percent of arrests.
According to the NYPD, the total index crime in schools has decreased 35 percent over the last five years. That has corresponded with a decrease in enforcement actions. Arrest and summons rates, the NYCLU report found, dropped 37 percent and 10 percent, respectively, since 2015.
But critics say the rates of major disciplinary action are still far too high.
"As summonses and arrests of students go down and school safety goes up, it is clear that frequent reliance on aggressive discipline is unnecessary and especially harmful to black and Latino students," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. "We expect our schools to be safe and supportive for all our children."
The NYCLU found that although suspension rates have decreased, schools continue to lean heavily on suspensions instead of less aggressive disciplinary actions like parent conferences or detentions. Only 15 percent of suspensions issued during the 2015-2016 school year were for "serious infractions"—which under DOE rules require automatic suspension. The remaining 85 percent of suspensions were made at the schools' discretion.
Black students were issued suspensions at far higher rates than other students. Of the 37,647 suspensions issued in the 2015-16 school year, half were issued to black students. White students accounted for just 8 percent of suspensions during this period.
According to the DOE, suspensions of black students students decreased by 19 percent betweenReport: Black Public School Students In NYC Arrested 10 Times More Often Than White Peers: Gothamist: 
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