Require schools to self-evaluate unfair student disciplinary actions
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Do you believe that two individuals should be equally punished if they both committed the same terrible action? If so, let me draw your attention to the way schools discipline their students. It has been known and seen that when it comes to discipline, one student gets a heavier punishment because of their ethnicity while the other student’s punishment isn’t as harsh. We see this way too often with African-Americans and Mexican-Americans who are more likely to be suspended or expelled then other ethnicity. Even the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education announced that race discrimination in school discipline is becoming a real problem. An important problem that made them write a letter on the nondiscriminatory administration of school discipline.
So what we are proposing for our local petition is to address this issue is to require schools to have self-evaluations to see if their representative ethnicity population make up most of the percentage disciplinary cases and see if they can make any positive changes. This really impacts students because the suspension or expulsion goes on their school record which later on will affect them when they start applying to college/university since everything shows on the school record. Also, one student shouldn’t have more consequences than the other even though they both did the same thing.
We want to this petition to be able to reach the school board, teachers, and students. There are many schools that aren’t giving their students the same disciplinary because they are from a different ethnicity. Many schools might think that it is not such a big deal and don’t see it as an issue that needs to be addressed. You can can help us by supporting the issue and look for cases that punished based on ethnicity. Our audience care about equal disciplinary consequences of each students that no matter the different ethnicities, we want them to have equal consequences as everyone else.
As students, who are Mexican-American, in the school system we have had a fair share experiences for example, one of our team members (Itzel Diaz) has experienced how students with different ethnicity have had got in trouble for the same thing but one had more of a consequence than the other. She was put in a position where she got more of the consequence then the other student even though the other student initiated the situation. Experience isn’t enough to convince you but facts are. According to Education Week, they mention how African American students, mostly boys, are disciplined more out of school suspension than a Caucasian student. The article also states, “... 2010 finding that over 70% of the students involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or Black.”
The reason we are making this petition is because we want equal disciplinary for all the students. It happens everywhere in all sorts of schools. Two students get in trouble and if one kid has a record of getting in trouble his punishment will be worse. That isn’t fair if they both did the same “crime” the other kid is left off the hook. This isn’t fair because in some schools students get expelled and we want to prevent the cause of that and make every discipline equal.
Some people that could disagree with our petition would be teachers and school boards. Teachers can argue that they are trained not to discriminate against students and that it won't happen at their schools. The school boards would also argue that this might not be a serious issue and that it wouldn’t be wise to spend this amount of money and time. On the other hand there are statistics that show this issue is very common across the U.S. and the Department of Education itself has admitted that this issue exists.
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