Tuesday, October 29, 2013

School Suspensions and Discipline to be subject of Public Conversation in December

School discipline policies and practices have long been the subject of conversation in the Durham community. Suspension rates, while experiencing a decline in recent years, are generally considered to be too high with a disproportionate impact on minority students. A complaint to the federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR) was filed earlier this year.   

To address concerns and develop community solutions, DPS will host Community Conversation sessions about discipline and suspension this December. The district is reaching out to all community stakeholders who want to make a difference--teachers, parents, faith communities, non-profit and public agencies, government officials, and anyone else who wants to address this issue, including our young people. There are three choices of meetings to attend:

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30-noon, Staff Development Center at 2107 Hillandale Road.
Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Northern High School at 117 Tom Wilkinson Road.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Southern School of Energy and Sustainability at 800 Clayton Road.

DPS staff will also provide an overview of current initiatives to reduce suspensions and support suspended students.  A few we plan to highlight on the blog in the month of November.  

We hope that you will consider participating and encourage others, especially parents and youth, to attend.  Making sure the schools hear from stakeholders in this issue is important.  Here are two articles concerning the upcoming sessions:

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