This is a conversation with Dan Losen who says charters need to stop using zero-tolerance policies and suspending students at high rates. The zero tolerance policy know as “broken windows” often punishes students from minority groups as well as special education students at a disproportional rate. Losen refers to a new study in his comments on this issue.Source:
Jennifer Berkshire, HuffPost Education, March 18, 2016Description:
Jennifer Berkshire: Your new study on charter schools, civil rights and discipline hones right in on what seems like, um, kind of a big contradiction. That the self-proclaimed civil rights issue of our time so often seems to lead to a type of schooling that ends up violating students’ civil rights. Am I right?
Dan Losen: The main thrust of the report is this concern that you’re raising. That not only are there some really high-suspending charter schools, but that you have advocates for these kinds of schools resisting what is a really important discipline reform movement across the nation. Also, we have to be looking at school suspension rates when we’re considering performance. We can’t be making excuses or giving a pass to charter schools when we know there’s a consensus that we shouldn’t be suspending kids at really high rates because it’s really harmful. What we see when we look at the data is that there are some really high-suspending charter schools that are embracing zero tolerance which they should be rejecting.Read the full article here!