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BEYOND BIAS Countering Stereotypes in School COMMENTARY Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools M ost of the discussion around the disproportionality of black students' suspension or expulsion from K-12 schools has focused on boys. Only more recently have researchers begun to surface the numbers of black girls who are subject to severe disciplinary measures in schools, including by school resource officers. According to federal data, black girls are suspended from school at a rate that is six times higher than that of their white female peers. In New York City and Boston, black girls represented 56 percent and 61 percent, respectively, of all girls disciplined in those cities' K-12 schools, even as incidents of discipline against black girls go underreported. Black girls receive harsher criminal sentences than their white female peers do in the juvenile-justice system, and they also represent its fastest-growing population. For this special Commentary package, Education Week Commentary sat down with researchers Adrienne D. Dixson, Shaun R. Harper, Bettina L. Love, and Terri N. Watson at this spring's American Educational Research Association conference to discuss their perspectives on this crisis. (These conversations continue online with a series of four videos.) Also contributing to the conversation is legal scholar Rebecca Epstein of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality. Epstein offers recommendations for how to shift the power dynamic-and the culture of criminalization-between school resource officers and black girls to one of support. In a Q&A, Monique W. Morris, the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls, talks about why black girls are being turned out of America's schools in such high numbers. -THE EDITORS To watch the videos, visit ADRIENNE D. DIXSON " I think student agency plays out in what teachers in school districts often misinterpret as misbehavior that I say is 'kid language.' " SHAUN R. HARPER " [Girls] really are pushed out of schools in some uniquely gendered ways that haven't been fully considered." BETTINA L. LOVE " You're seeing African-American girls, which are only 16 percent of the school population, now accounting for a third of school suspensions and expulsions." | INSIDE | 26 POLICING GIRLS OF COLOR IN SCHOOL 27 Q&A WITH MONIQUE W. MORRIS: THE PLIGHT OF BLACK GIRLS IN K-12 SCHOOLS 28 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR " TERRI N. WATSON The challenge is not how do we change black girls, ... but how do we make sure that [schools] celebrate ... and view them as assets as opposed to problems." Photos by Deanna Del Ciello/Education Week SEE MORE ON PAGE 28> 32 | EDUCATION WEEK | June 1, 2016 |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - June 1, 2016

Education Week - June 1, 2016
In Special Education, A Debate on Bias
Proposed ESSA Rules Aim to Strike Balance
Civil Rights Office Gets Aggressive
Charter Movement Fuels Boom For Public Montessori Schools
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Transgender Debate: What’s Next?
Free Website Expands on EngageNY’s Mission
Study on Teacher Test Finds Mixed Results
Blogs of the Week
Digital Learning Games Breaking Into K-12 Mainstream
Girls Outperform Boys on First National Test of Tech, Engineering
Oregon Creates a ‘Lens’ for Viewing Educational Equity
High School Takes Cue From Montessori
School Finance Suits: More Than Just a Legal Roll of the Dice?
Report Feeds Into Debate Over Racial, Economic Inequities
Blogs of the Week
Policing Girls of Color in School
The Plight of Black Girls in K-12 Schools
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Black Girls, Discipline, and Schools

Education Week - June 1, 2016