Last month, Policy Watch reported on the troubling numbers behind suspensions in North Carolina schools, particularly when it comes to the racial disparity.
School staff told members of the State Board of Education that the rate of short-term suspensions for black students, about 3 out of every 10, more than tripled the rate for white students.
And, as far as long-term suspensions go, the rate—about 153 per every 100,000 black students—more than quadrupled the number for white students, according to DPI data.
“The only thing that’s surprising to me is that we haven’t addressed this head-on,” James Ford, an adviser to the state board and North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015, told Policy Watch.
Now, with the state’s largest school system in Wake County facing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, parents will get a chance to have their say.
The federal agency will hold a forum at the Vital Link School Event Center—1214 E. Lenoir St. in Raleigh—from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight.