Joe Biden leads an administration that promotes a radical “equity” plan using the federal government and federal funds to correct perceived wrongs. Before the courts intervened, the government planned to award COVID-19 relief based on race. It is now planning to intervene in local public school discipline to enact regulations that alleviate racial inequities.
During the Obama administration, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights filed civil rights lawsuits against school districts around the country. Districts were coerced into striking deals with the federal government, and new rules were implemented to reduce the number of kids suspended. At least 400 school districts with more than 10 million students were bound to such agreements.
After 2018, the suspension rate for all pupils in Milwaukee Public Schools dropped dramatically. However, student surveys conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee revealed that while African-American students’ suspension rates decreased, claims of feeling unsafe increased. And, because certain MPS schools have a high concentration of black kids, black pupils claim they do not feel secure.
The federal government’s approach to school discipline has made students and staff feel frightened. According to a Fordham Institute research, over 85% of instructors feel suspensions may be a valuable tool for children with discipline issues. According to many allegations, aggression against instructors was permitted, and the guilty student was allowed to return to class unpunished.
Given the persisting racial success disparity in the United States, Lax school-discipline practices operate against the purpose of assisting minority pupils. Student safety can significantly impact learning. When kids do not feel comfortable at school, they are less likely to remember information. Many of these Obama-era programs were pushed back by the Trump administration in 2018, but the Biden administration looks to be poised to reintroduce them. President Biden nominated Catherine Lhamon to lead the OCR, previously held a job in the Obama administration.
The Department of Education requested public input in June on how to best assist schools’ ability to foster healthy, inclusive, safe, and supportive school climates in a non-discriminatory way. It might indicate that the government is preparing to step up its efforts against schools that have racial inequalities in suspension rates. The evidence in Milwaukee reveals that top-down measures imposed to achieve racial quotas endanger pupils and teachers.