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"We know that Latino kids are almost twice as likely as white kids to be suspended from school. Black kids are nearly four times as likely.”

President Barack Obama


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Discipline Disparities Updates
Discipline Disparities Papers Series updates
Video of the Release: The Discipline Disparities Briefing Paper Series was released on March 13, 2014 at a Congressional Briefing sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy and the Congressional Black Caucus Education & Labor Task Force. Speakers included Sen. Murphy, Rep. Chaka Fattah, and Rep. Bobby Scott, along with brief presentations of the papers by Collaborative members. Video of the congressional briefing and series release can be viewed at: http://rtpcollaborative.indiana.edu/briefing-release

Spanish Translation Available: Executive summaries by the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative are now available in Spanish: http://rtpcollaborative.indiana.edu/sobre-nosotros 

Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention took place in Washington DC on April 9th.
Collaborative members Russ Skiba and James Bell described the history and work of the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative and highlighted the Interventions brief, including evidence-based recommendations for reducing disparities in discipline in our nation’s schools. The video of the event is available at:
http://doj.capitolconnection.org/040914/doj_archive_flv.htm

A Panel on African American Girls’ Discipline Disparities Convened at AERA
A symposium examining exclusionary discipline experiences of African American girls was presented at this year’s American Education Research Association (AERA) conference on April 3-7. The panelists, comprised of researchers from Indiana University, Texas A&M University, University of North Carolina, and Rutgers University, including Disparities Collaborative member Anne Gregory and Collaborative research assistant Natasha Williams, highlighted factors that contribute to the exclusionary discipline experiences of Black girls and the ways in which racialized gender bias, colorism, and media stereotypes work to dismantle the academic potential of Black females. For more information on papers presented at this panel go to: http://tinyurl.com/kfptxpa

National Data
National Data 2011-12 CRDC Data Collection
The 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), an expansive survey of America’s Public Schools carried out by U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (CRDC), reveals troubling racial disparities. This is the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years. A description of the latest CRDC release can be found at:
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/expansive-survey-americas-public-schools-reveals-troubling-racial-disparities?src=rotator

A snapshot of some of the key findings of the 2011-12 data collection, including state by state breakdowns, can be found at:
http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/03/four-new-civil-rights-data-collection-snapshots/

Policy and Advocacy
Report Card Shows Overall Drop in Harsh Punishment Under New Law, Mixed Progress on Racial Disparities
In 2012, the Colorado legislature passed the Smart School Discipline Law, mandating a series of reforms in school discipline. A year after the law went into effect, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos has released a ‘report card’ on the initial impact of the law. The report can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/padresreport

Grant Opportunities
NIJ Competition to Fund Projects on School Safety
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is accepting applications for funding for research and evaluation on safety in schools nationwide. For more details visit: https://ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl001118.pdf

IES Announcement in Education Research Funding
The Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) has announced their funding guidelines for their FY2015 competition. For more details visit:
http://ies.ed.gov/funding/15rfas.asp

Discipline Disparities in the News
• "An education on inequality"
Black students continue to be more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their White peers: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140326/EDIT07/303269985

"Schools are doling out suspensions 'like Tic Tacs,' here are some ways to keep kids in the classroom
During the 2011-12 academic year the rate of suspensions has double to 3.45 million students in grades K-12 since the 1970s: http://hechingerreport.org/content/schools-doling-suspensions-like-tic-tacs-ways-keep-kids-belong-classroom_15294

"Schools suspend black preschoolers at alarming rates"
While black children only represent 18 percent of preschoolers, they account for almost half of the students suspended repeatedly from preschool: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1033423/schools-suspend-black-preschoolers-at-alarming-rates

"Fed reports shows Indiana minority students face more punishments"
Black girls are among those most disproportionately affected in Indiana: http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/26375582-418/fed-report-shows-indiana-minority-students-face-more-punishments.html#.U06TGFduT2g

"The new school detention, where kids make rules a prison pipeline ends"
A growing national movement of educators is offering a practical alternative to harsh “zero tolerance” school discipline policies: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/07/new-school-detention-student-courts-restorative-justice?CMP=twt_gu

If you have specific information on discipline disparities, please feel free to email us at: equityiu@indiana.edu

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