Discipline gap just won't go away
Children are spending more time in class.
But those who are taken out of class, far too often, are black.
This was the case when the district began studying its discipline policies in 2013 and when, following a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, the district began to reform those policies.
Data from the first full year of Superintendent Jeff Eakins' new discipline approach shows the trend has continued.
Total days for in-school suspension (ISS), out-of-school suspension (OSS), and ATOSS (alternative to out-of-school suspension) were reduced by 23 percent between the 2014-15 school year and 2015-16.
That change reflects a new policy that requires permission from an area superintendent before a school can hand down a suspension of more than five days.
Student arrest decreased by 17 percent -- 19 percent for black students, 12 percent for Hispanic students and 21 percent for white students.
But, as the graphics show, "blacks represent 21 percent of the student body, 44 percent of the students arrested, 44 percent of days in ATOSS, 41 percent of days in ISS, and 41 percent of days in OSS."