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October 21, 2014, 4:33 pm
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Interim Superintendent Says Lack Of Cultural Understanding May Cause Disparity In Student Discipline


Springfield’s interim school superintendent thinks there is merit to concerns that minority students receive unfairly harsh discipline. 

 

Bob Hill… in his first week back on the job… says he hasn’t reviewed specific numbers for District 186, but says the disparity in discipline has been a well-documented problem nationwide.  Appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show,” Hill said there is an ongoing problem with a lack of what he calls “cultural competence” among school staff, and says that may lead to stricter discipline of students from different backgrounds. 

 

Federal officials this week issued new guidelines aimed at reducing the disproportionate number of minority students who are suspended, expelled… or even referred to the court system… for infractions at school.

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