According to research from Loyola University and Project NIA, 75 percent of students arrested in Chicago’s public schools last year were black.
The results only further convey the horrific racial disparities at the heart of the school-to-prison pipeline.
The study provides a total racial breakdown on arrests in 2012: That year, 3,240 black students were arrested, along with 889 Latinos, and 136 white students. What’s more, the numbers of arrests varied hugely from district to district, with one district, the eighth, accounting for a total of 461 arrests.
But in this study, the information is particularly troubling, as the situation can only get worse for Chicago’s youth. Last month, the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced the closure of 49 city schools, primarily in poverty-stricken districts where crime rates are higher to begin with.
Thoughts on the results of this study?
What can we do to ensure that our children are being EDUCATED at school; and NOT funneled into the prison system?
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