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Bill requires evaluation of minority suspension rates

March 21, 2014

Rep. Teresa Tanzi announced the introduction of a bill that would require schools to evaluate disciplinary data and correct disproportionate racial minority suspensions in front of a group of supporters on Tuesday night at the State House.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following a report by the Rhode Island ACLU addressing a disparity in minority out-of-school suspensions, Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D - Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) introduced a bill that would require the commissioner of education to develop a method to analyze disciplinary data and the impact on students based on race.

“It’s important for districts to start critically reviewing the practice of suspension,” Tanzi said in an interview Wednesday. “Take away all of the distinguishing characteristics of the individual and just look at their actions. The schools need to find a plan to look at this more critically.”

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up a copy of the Narragansett Times.

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