Racial Educational Equity
Reducing Exclusionary Discipline
Students of color are up to three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students. This is especially true for boys. The disproportionate use of exclusionary discipline is a stark reminder of the cultural and racial divides in our community. Exclusionary discipline removes students from the learning environment, and it is one of the top predictors of dropping out of high school.
Since 2012 we have partnered with the Coalition of Communities of Color to increase racial equity for our school-aged children.Coalition of Communities of Color to build more equitable policies.
Over the past year we’ve taken that work to the ground, partnering with five schools to explore how collaboration and focused action can reduce behavior referrals.
- Compared to last year, behavior referrals at Lincoln Park are down 46% with equal improvement for both boys and girls.
- Suspensions and expulsions in Multnomah County have dropped 31% since 2011–12.
- All six of our partner school districts created board-approved equity policies with a clear directive to address racial inequities in school discipline.
In the 2016-17 school year, All Hands Raised is working with five school teams to ask hard questions, challenge biases and use data to develop proactive alternatives to keep all students in the classroom, learning and engaged. These five partner sites are: Centennial Middle School, Hall Elementary School, Lincoln Park Elementary School, Reynolds Middle School and Vestal K-8. Click here to learn more about our racial educational equity partners.