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Next to complaints relating to law enforcement, the concern for schools and education generates the greatest demand for the attention of human relations commissions. Because school decision making is diffused between boards of education, school administrators, and faculties human rights commissions are usually not able to establish strong working relationships with the education community and special strategies need to be developed.

Outstanding resources and model programs are available that cover just about every facet of education that would be of concern to a commission. Commissions may form education committees to examine specific needs, identify resources and programs, and develop strategies.

New Federal Data Shows How Black Students Are Getting Pushed Out Of School

By | April 25th, 2018|Education|

Black students and students with disabilities routinely receive harsher punishments at school than their peers. But the Education Department is considering eliminating civil rights guidance designed to stymie these disparities ― even as data released Tuesday illustrates the scope of the problem.

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After blackface incident, minority students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo say they don’t feel welcome

By | April 25th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Aaliyah Ramos was walking through the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus last year when a prospective student approached her.

Ramos was the only black person, the young woman said, that she and her mother had seen that day. They asked about the

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Blackface is free speech but anti-Bush tweet is not at California university

By | April 23rd, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

When a white student at California State University was caught this month wearing blackface, administrators had a clear message: it was racist, but “protected by free speech”.

Days later, when a professor tweeted that the late Barbara Bush was a “racist”, the university’s tone was different: the

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Racial bias in campus discipline: When will universities look in the mirror?

By | April 23rd, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

A new federal analysis of data on how students are disciplined in K-12 schools found that black children were far more likely than their white peers to suffer consequences for their actions in 2013-14, and the report noted that “implicit base” may be a cause.

Such K-12 data is routinely collected and analyzed

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Flawed Judgment in Use of Force Against Students?

By | April 19th, 2018|Education, Police & Community|

During a Harvard University student’s arrest by Cambridge police for running down a street naked last week, he was tackled and punched repeatedly in the stomach, an act the institution’s president and other local officials deemed “disturbing.”

It’s one in a series of incidents over the last seven months in which the public

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Study: Violent Behaviors, Weapon Carrying Down Among Black Youth

By | April 19th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

Violent behaviors and weapon carrying have decreased among African-American adolescents, but homicide rates continue to rise, according to a new report from Ball State University.

“Violent Behaviors, Weapon Carrying, and Firearm Homicide Trends in African American Adolescents, 2001–2015” is the first study to assess violent behaviors in African-American youth over an extended period, the university said.

“In

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When Racism Roils a Campus, Colleges Respond. Will Students Be Satisfied?

By | April 18th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Colleges have been besieged by one racist incident after another in the past two years, and they have spent that time developing a common strategy for dealing with the immediate fallout. One mainstay: Respond publicly.

But what determines whether that response will resonate with aggrieved students?

The best predictor may be how satisfied students already are with

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Where Colleges Recruit … and Where They Don’t

By | April 16th, 2018|Education|

Stories abound this year about how top colleges are overwhelmed with applications and have no problem filling their classes. For elite public and private institutions, there is truth in those statements. Large shares of their applicants don’t need to be recruited.

But for many colleges, reaching out to students in person at high school events is

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