Education Week - January 25, 2017 - 1
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BRE AKING NEWS DAILY
n POLICING AMERICA'S SCHOOLS: An Education Week Analysis
SOURCE: Education Week
Research Center original
analysis of Civil Rights Data
Collection and Common
Core of Data, 2017
In 43 states and the District of Columbia,
black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, an analysis of federal
data by the Education Week Research Center
And one reason may be that black students
are more likely than students in any other racial or ethnic group to attend schools with police,
according to the analysis of 2013-14 civil rights
data, the most recent collected by the U.S. Department of Education.
In most of the jurisdictions with disproportionate arrests of black students, the disparities are
significant. In 28 states, the share of arrested
students who are black is at least 10 percentage
points higher than their share of enrollment in
schools with at least one arrest. In 10 of those
states, that gap is at least 20 percentage points.
No other student racial or ethnic groups face
such disparities in as many states.
In Virginia, black students make up 39 percent of the enrollment in public schools with at
least one arrest but 75 percent of school-based
arrests. In Louisiana, black students comprise
40 percent of enrollment in schools with at least
one arrest but 69 percent of students arrested
Students from other racial and ethnic
groups are also arrested at disproportionate
rates in a smaller number of states. In Connecticut, for example, Hispanic students make
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To Be Arrested
A Student's Arrest Story
Niya Kenny went to jail after
recording her classmate's
arrest at a South Carolina
high school. PAGE 12
School-based police officers Danny Avalos, foreground, and Craig Davis, center, monitor a hallway at E.L. Furr High School in Houston in 2013.
To Be a Principal?
Principals typically start as
teachers, and, along the way, land
in a university-based preparation
program. But often, principals say
they aren't ready for the demands
of the job that awaits them.
See the pullout section
opposite Page 14.
Crossroads for K-12 Policy
With Trump Now at Helm
New Stance on Federal Role Augurs Sweeping Changes
By Alyson Klein
President Donald Trump said less about
education on the campaign trail than almost any major-party nominee recent in
history, except for a high-profile proposal
on single issue: school vouchers. But his
ascendance to the White House could
upend K-12 education in ways that are felt
from the U.S. Department of Education's
headquarters in Washington to urban
schools that serve big numbers of immigrant students.
In his unconventional bid for president,
Trump-a real estate developer and TV
personality who had never held public office-promised he would deport millions
of immigrants, eliminate or scale back
the Education Department, and create a
$20 billion school voucher program.
After his election, he picked as education
secretary a school choice advocate and Republican mega-donor, Betsy DeVos, who
seems likely to help him try to deliver on
that voucher promise.
And in his inaugural address Jan. 20,
Trump did little to allay the anxieties
of those concerned about his view of the
nation's public schools, when he decried
"an education system flush with cash but
which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."
Trump's inauguration last week came
at a time when schools are already experiencing significant changes. Children from
racial minorities now collectively make up
a majority of the public school population.
Technology is remaking instruction. Aid
for education in many states still hasn't
recovered from the Great Recession.
Michael Stravato/The New York Times-File
By Evie Blad & Alex Harwin
And a new federal K-12 law, the Every
Student Succeeds Act, gives states and
districts more control over testing, accountability, school turnarounds, and
teacher quality than they had in more
than a decade under the law's predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act.
At either end of the education span,
Trump also has said little about college
takes the oath
of office as
holds a family
Bible and one
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CONTENTIOUS DEBUT: Betsy DeVos, nominee for education secretary,
faced fierce questioning at confirmation hearing. PAGE 14