Source: St. Louis American

Emotions Stir as National Bar Association Facilitates Ferguson Discussion

“Janel George, [Senior Education Policy Counsel] for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., spoke about how school discipline practices for African–American children mirror the disparity in punishment that the black community receives from the police and courts.”

“Black children without disabilities are suspended at three times the rate of their white counterparts, George said. However, more than four years of research shows that African-American children do not misbehave more frequently or more severely than their white peers, she said. Oftentimes they are suspended for offenses such as dress-code violations.”

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