The injustice schools ignore

According to The Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series “Assault on Learning,” Philadelphia’s public schools have a bit of a violence problem.

From 2005-06 through 2009-10, the district reported 30,333 serious incidents, including 19,752 assaults, 4,327 weapons infractions, 2,037 drug- and alcohol-related violations, and 1,186 robberies. Students were beaten by their peers in libraries and had their hair pulled out by gangs. Teachers were assaulted more than 4,000 times.

So how has the School Reform Commission responded? By easing its student code of conduct and other disciplinary policies. In particular, the commission wants to cut down on out-of-school suspensions. . . .

This is an excerpt from my commentary in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, “The injustice schools ignore.”  Please click here to read the entire article.  You can respond or provide feedback by clicking on the comment button below.

Thanks for reading.

–Christopher Paslay

2 thoughts on “The injustice schools ignore

  1. Chris;
    Thank you for your well written piece in the Inquirer. When you commented that the “lurking variable” influencing suspension rates is “wealth”. It made me appreciate our hard hitting conversation on the Notebook about education reform, race and the school to prison pipe line.

    Thank you for constantly sharing challenging perspectives that push your readers to consider the complexities of “real school reform”

  2. There were many reasons why students were being involved on the following violence’s.
    Suspension was not the solution nor is it not the teacher’s duty to discipline the students. It’s their parent’s responsibility to do so.

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