Greetings Classmates! (I am sorry I am behind on this!)
This week (week 3) our focus is on the barriers to a good education. Obviously a lot has been done with the passing of Brown v. Board case, but as we can see in Portland, one of the whitest major cities in the county, our treatment of students of different races has not improved much beyond desegregation. I can’t help but wonder if there is a socioeconomic prejudice to blame.
Is the spending of $2.5 million dollars on training (called Courageous Conversations) the best way to eradicate this problem?
Sample quote from an outside text;
“According to data provided to WW by the school district, the overall number of students being disciplined has fallen in the past three years, but the inequities between white and black have grown worse. Today, African-American students in Portland schools are nearly five times more likely to be expelled or suspended than whites.
It’s a record that puts Portland’s unequal treatment of black students well above the national average and far worse than districts under federal investigation for civil rights violations.
“We have lost generations of young men because of disparities in the education system,” says Urban League of Portland, President Michael Alexander. “There is no acceptable level of disparate discipline.”
Over the past six years, Portland Public Schools has spent millions of dollars to address a wide range of racial inequities, including graduation rates and reading scores.” ( http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21197-expel_check.html )
My biggest concern is that this money is being wasted on staff training, when really there is a deeper seeded issue here: the relationship between staff and students can’t possibly be a positive one with such racial inequity, and MANY studies have been done on the effects of overzealous disciplinary action in regards to graduation rates.
Please post your thoughts on;
How can we hold PPS more accountable when it comes to demonstrating a connection between resources and outcomes?
Please read the entire Willamette Weekly article in order to respond effectively.
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