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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pulaski District progress report

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 1:44 PM

The federal court's Office of Desegregation Monitoring has issued one of  its periodic reports on desegregation progress -- this one on the Pulaski County Special School District. It cites a number of positives and says the district can "point with pride" to black students' progress in Advanced Placement, gifted and talented and honors programs.

But the nationwide problem of a gap in achievement tests scores continues and "the disproportionate presence of African-Americans among those disciplined." Specifcially, in a district with a total enrollment 41 percent black, 58 percent of those suspended; 71 percent of those expelled; 55 percent of those made to attend Saturday school; and 61 percent of those receiving bus suspensions were black. Said the report:

"While the PCSSD has been dragging its feet in tackling the discipline disparity issue, African-American students, particularly black males are suffering the consequences by losing precious class time through suspensions and expulsions thereby falling behind academically. Unfortunately, too many of them don't return to school at all."

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