Basing school discipline on race only hurts minority kids

Madison teachers are NOT racists

“A school unable to discipline students
will be hard-pressed to teach them.”

Excerpted from Jason L. Riley in the Wall Street Journal:

[Washington] was demanding racial parity in school discipline, regardless of who was being disruptive, which is as silly as demanding racial parity in police arrests, regardless of who’s committing crimes. …

Jason L. Riley

Jason L. Riley

Like other liberal advocates of school-discipline reform, [then-U.S. Education Secretary] Arne Duncan … insisted that blacks are suspended at higher rates than other groups only because school officials are racially biased. “It’s not caused by differences in children,” he said. “It is adult behavior that needs to change.”

Yet many of the schools where these uneven discipline rates persist have minority principals and no shortage of minority teachers and administrators. What would be their motive for singling out black and brown kids for suspensions and expulsions, unless those students’ behavior warrants it? And why shouldn’t we expect to find varying rates of misbehavior among racial and ethnic groups in school, when that is exactly what we find outside school?

The bigger problem with these anti-suspension crusades is that they ultimately harm the groups they are supposed to help. After New York City made it more difficult to remove troublemakers from the classroom, schools with the highest percentages of minority students were more likely to experience an increase in fighting, gang activity and drug use. 

A federal report on school crime and safety released last year by the National Center for Education Statistics found that 25% of black students nationwide reported being bullied, the highest proportion of any racial or ethnic group.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Blaska is running for Madison school board to return discipline, accountability, and performance to the head of the class. BTW: Looks like there might be a primary on February 19 as another status quo, business-as-usual candidate emerges.

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Madison WI
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28 Responses to Basing school discipline on race only hurts minority kids

  1. Tom Paine says:

    Exactly…….but as I suggested before, what policy application for those who, for whatever host of excuses, refuse? Will administrators and board go along, or will they cave to angry parents?
    One thing for sure, if you go down the road to [conservative] progressive reform, any backtracking will be out of the question.

    Same as the debate for state laws to decriminalize weed…..as though that will solve the problem.
    It will not. The culture must be reformed…..but there are no agents for change, and least among the cast are those OVERLY-paid administrators and DPI educrats.

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  2. Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

    And wet streets cause rain.

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Shouldn’t be too long before Li’l Jeffy Simpson waddles in claiming that citing the talented Mr. Riley’s column is proof positive of the everything’s a dogwhistle aspect of this blog.

    The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      I like his blog and also the fact he posts using his real name.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        Then, and I don’t think I’m alone on this, youse should head on over there and STAY…and don’t let the door hit youse where the Good Lord split youse!

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          If it wasn’t for me you would be as lonely here as trump is in the WH. I noticed the absence of batdung and that other fake zoltar. Did they finally get sick of you too?

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  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    This site’s regular White Guilt suffocated Lefty hand-wringers are conspicuously absent on this.

    Curious, that.

    The Gotch

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      “I only speak for myself.”

      And as per usual, add less than nothing.

      “From the looks of it there isn’t much of a conversation going on here anyway.”

      If it’s peace-n-quiet youse seek, head over to Li’l Jeffy’s blog where you’s can hear a pin drop!

      https://www.cogdis.me/

      The Gotch

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  5. jeffsimpson7 says:

    well dave, not sure why anyone would feel the need to come and respond to everything you write but this line caught my eye and was great for a good laugh.

    “another status quo, business-as-usual candidate emerges.”

    By that you mean woman of color, who is an entreprenuer, highly educated, has kids in the district and has not sued MMSD frivolously is run of the mill then i guess you nailed it.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      sounds like she is exactly who is needed on the board.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Of course, anyone who’s ever sued MMSD must have done so “frivolously,” since any organization composed of sanctimonious upper-middle class Madison liberals is utterly and in all thing beyond reproach. The fact that members of the School Board are incapable of conducting a routine meeting without kowtowing to potty-mouthed fanatical cop-haters is beside the point.

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  6. richard lesiak says:

    hey gootchie; I’m curious about that lawsuit mentioned above. Explain that and why you lost. That would certainly expand the conversation here that you crave so badly.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @AnonyBob;

      “why’d YOU get involved?”

      Huh?

      Um…involved in what, exactly?

      For you’s at home: THIS is what happens when those of diminished capacity try to punch above their weight.

      The Gotch

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  7. jeffsimpson7 says:

    http://www.will-law.org/our-cases/act-10/blaska-v-mmsd-sannes-v-mmsd/. It didn’t last a year before it got tossed. How much money did you cost the finevfolks of the mmsd in lawyer fees getting your ridiculous frivolous lawsuit tossed? Also why lie about it? Just own it and campaign on it.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Listening to a Madison liberal lament the squandering of taxpayers’ money is like listening to a Sunday School lesson from Stormy Daniels.

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      • jeffsimpson7 says:

        I take it you havent been paying attention in WI these last 8 years….is there a bigger myth than republicans are fiscal conservatives?

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