Friday, April 28, 2017

Black Students

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The students from the University Wisconsin-Madison want black students to be offered free tuition and housing, but everyone else has to pay.

A student organization submitted a resolution to allow black people the opportunity for a free education since the laws of the past-restricted black education during slavery.

Tyriek Mack, the author of the resolution and a representative of the Associated Students of Madison school organization said, according to AP, that the aim is to improve diversity.

“The university’s rhetoric suggests that it is committed to diversity and inclusion, so this legislation compels the university to move towards action – which is imperative. If no one challenges the university’s empty promises, then the racial composition will remain stagnant.”

The resolution the ASM presented to the university wants all black students to receive free access and for inmates. The cost comes to about $20,000 a year.

Although the idea is presented seriously, there was no serious plan attached on how to pay for the program.

Just fifty black students would cost the university a million dollars, but that isn’t the case. In the school of roughly 43,000 students, 5% are black already. Roughly 2,150 students would stop paying for their education. The cost to the university would be $43,000,000 a year.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is the same school that hit the streets to protest our democratic and fair election.

It is very unlikely the school will adopt the proposed resolution, primarily due to the financial restraints.

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Black students have long been suspended and expelled from schools at much higher rates than their white counterparts–but one forer Minneapolis superintendent has decided to take matters into her own hands.

Bernadeia Johnson, who is black, has declared that no black students can be suspended in her district–without her explicit sign-off.

Principals, who had previously been the final arbitrator of discipline, will now have to kick the can up to the main office on all suspensions, and wait for their boss to sign off on them.

Johnson has also put guidelines in place earlier this year, which will ban suspensions altogether for children in first grade or below.

The new approach aims to reduce the number of black students that are being suspended–in Johnson’s mind, unfairly.

Roughly 20% of black boys nationwide are suspended at some point between kindergarten and twelfth grade, and 12% of black girls are. That dwarfs the number of white students who are suspended during their academic career–between just 1 and 2%.

But adding another layer of bureaucracy–and putting the decision rights in the hands of a superintendent who actively wants fewer black students suspended–might have an unintended consequence of tying the hands of teachers and school staff when it comes to discipline.

Nevertheless, Johnson’s new plan is being heralded on the Left for its stance in favor of racial fairness. But, while it’ll likely remove any lingering racial bias from the proceedings if there are any, it’s unclear whether or not it’ll actually address the behavioral causes of why black students are suspended at such high rates.

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