Categories:  'Racial Inequality'  

School Court Systems Unfairly Target and Punish Children of Color

In Texas’s most diverse county, truancy cases are disproportionately filed against minorities – African-Americans make up half of the truancy cases even though they only [...]

In Texas’s most diverse county, truancy cases are disproportionately filed against minorities – African-Americans make up half of the truancy cases even though they only make up 29 percent of the student population. Several of Fort Bend’s 12 high schools are national top performers, but there are three that severely struggle in comparison. Those schools are predominantly black or Latino and most of them are economically disadvantaged, and those are the same ones accounting for 41 percent of the district’s truancy cases. Many people believe that unfair targeting of minorities is responsible for the racial disparity, as there is a larger pattern of punishing children of color more harshly for the same behavior as their white counterparts.

It is true that people of color experience chronic absenteeism at higher rates across the country. Out of all the students experiencing chronic absenteeism, American Indians and Pacific Islanders are the highest represented groups at 22.5% and 21.4% respectively, followed by Black students at 17.3%. However, the best way to address these problems should be family involvement and school-based intervention instead of criminal punishment.

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