‘You didn’t break the law, so as long as you change the way you do things…’

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WRAL reports that the U.S. Dept. of Education and Wake County Schools have agreed to make a discrimination complaint go away:

An agreement between the Wake County Board of Education and U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has resolved a complaint alleging the district discriminates against black students in disciplinary matters.

The complaint, filed in 2010, alleged that black students are suspended from Wake County schools at rates that far outpace their percentage of the total student population.

Wake County schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said in a statement Tuesday that the Office for Civil Rights was unable to find evidence that the district violated any laws with their discipline policies.

I don’t have the slightest idea if the district’s discipline policies were discriminatory. The higher rate of suspensions seems to be a problem.

From the agreement:

In approving this Resolution Agreement, OCR has not found that WCPSS has violated
any laws, and the Agreement specifically acknowledges, in general terms, the “many voluntary and proactive steps” the district has taken to “implement policies, procedures and practices designed to promote fair and equitable discipline practices.”
Prediction #1: Principals will be monitored (or are already being monitored) on the percentage of suspensions by race.
Prediction #2: Somebody who needs to be suspended will not be suspended because of these policies.
I want the district to treat each student based upon their actions, or even by the content of their character. (Which is most easily determined by their actions.)
I want safety for all students, with school administrators acting only for the well-being of all students.

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