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ScottieThomaston
ScottieThomaston

Wow: "The treatment of disabled students should be a source of national shame: They represent 12 percent of students in the country, but they make up 25 percent of students receiving multiple out-of-school suspensions and 23 percent of students subjected to a school-related arrest."

I'm speechless.

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

Thanks, Nancy, and thanks to the groups you list below.


Expect another form of "states rights/local rights."  Here in MT, the county attorney is making a crusade out of opposing DOJ on handling of rape/sexual assault issues, and he's getting a lot of support from around the country (although local police and university officials are cooperating with DOJ).  The school to prison pipeline is the white supremacist revenge for school desegregation.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg moderator

@ScottieThomastonyes and it of course intersects with race -- balk students w/ disabilities are suspended/expelled at the rates of all

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

@ScottieThomastonIntersections, Scottie, for sure.  Especially when you look at intersection of race/disability - not only in school punishments, but also in prisons, and especially in use of extended solitary confinement.

badphairy
badphairy

@KayWhitlockHadn't really thought of it that way, but yes, the rollbacks of voting rights etc, do indeed seem to support your premise.

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

@badphairy@KayWhitlock Also, we need to be aware of just how massive resistance to school desegregation was.  Here's a great book about Prince Edward County, VA in the wake of Brown v. Board - there was an African American student strike over unequal educational conditions and resources, and when Brown came down, the school district literally shut down for 5 years.  And I know you know who was hurt the worst - private academies for white kids sprang up like wildflowers.  http://www.amazon.com/Browns-Battleground-Students-Segregationists-Struggle/dp/0807835072/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389836820&sr=1-2&keywords=Prince+Edward+County%2C+VA+desegregation

And then there was Sunflower County, MS, where the segregation/desegregation/school to prison pipeline transition was seamless.  The same school board members who presided over a segregated school system presided over a "desegregated" one.  Great film:  The Intolerable Burden, so worth seeing.  http://icarusfilms.com/new2003/into.html

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