“Equitable” punishment at Moore County schools?
It appears that our big-spending, oft-scheming, perpetually-sobbing superintendent of Moore County Schools is allowing “social justice,” Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama and a wee bit of Karl Marx get their nose under the tent once again:
Minority students nationwide are two to three times more likely than their white classmates to be suspended or face criminal charges for misconduct at school.
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released data from 96,000 schools showing that black students are overrepresented in out-of-school suspensions and school-related arrests relative to enrollment.
Those statistics are mirrored locally, including in Moore County Schools. This year, administrators are working to address disparities in how school staff address disciplinary issues.
“In terms of equity, when you look at our data as far back as I’m familiar with, we’ve had those disparities exist,” said Seth Powers, the district’s director for student support services. “Not just in one area, but in multiple areas: discipline, academics in terms of achievement gaps, even opportunities in terms of advanced coursework.”
Overall, the schools would ideally mete out fewer harsh disciplinary measures that keep students out of class and interrupt learning. The district is making progress there. In the 2018-2019 school year, schools logged nearly 5,400 “office referrals,” but that was down from more than 6,100 two years earlier.[….]
*Great.* So, these already beaten-down teachers are going to have to tolerate the misbehavior and juvenile delinquency even more while they TRY to teach the kids who actually want to learn?
This is the same kind of Alinskyite scam that has caused police departments in places like Baltimore, Atlanta, DC, Raleigh, Durham and New York to stop making so many arrests. (*And we all know how pleasant those places are to live and work in.*)
*SO, when do we get to the point where we hold those people who brought these little darlings into the world RESPONSIBLE?*
At one time in recent history, the threat of a call home to mom and dad was enough to put the kibosh on misbehavior. Now there are many parents out there who believe their kids are Dr. Bob & co.’s problem between 8am and 3pm.
[…]Students receiving suspensions are still more likely to be African American. Even though black students comprise 16 percent of the district, they accounted for 40 percent of office referrals and 43 percent of in-school, out-of-school and bus suspensions last year. Just over half of charges brought by Moore County Schools Police involved black students, according to data presented to school officials recently.
On the flip side, 63 percent of Moore County Schools students are white. White students accounted for 40 percent of office referrals and 37 percent of suspensions last year. Hispanic students, which comprise 14 percent of the schools’ enrollment, accounted for 12 percent of disciplinary actions.
“The demographics don’t match the data,” Powers told the school board last week.[…]
While we’re at it, let’s look at the demographics of each school and see how the racial percentages line up with those on the, say, basketball team.
This whole thing is not about making amends for wrongly punished students. It’s about tying administrator and teacher hands and apppeasing the race pimp / social justice crowd.
[…]“Although the trend across all races for discipline referrals, suspension consequences and charges has seen a steady trend of decrease over the past three years, the percentage of discipline disparities among black and white students has remained generally constant.”
National data released last year shows that black students, both boys and girls, account for a higher percentage of out-of-school suspensions than enrollment, while white and Hispanic girls are much less likely to face severe disciplinary action. White and Hispanic boys account for a proportion of suspensions consistent with enrollment.
Those disparities might contribute to what’s commonly referred to in education as “achievement gaps,” or the lower rates of academic achievement among minority students as demonstrated in test scores and graduation rates. The district is also beginning to collect data on minority students in high school honors, Advanced Placement and community college courses.
Each school’s principal has identified a priority for the current school year — from disparities in the populations of Union Pines students performing advanced course work to a seemingly disproportionate number of African-American boys at Southern Pines Elementary who have been identified as special needs.
“Each of our principals now are going beyond just talking rhetorically about equity and rhetorically about disparity and saying that this is a measure that we’re going to commit to, and if we don’t get it we’re going to have to explain,” said Superintendent Bob Grimesey. “If you go school by school and look at disparity and issues of equity, you’re going to see variation from school to school.”Schools continue to expand programs like Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, which work to address discipline issues by building a cohesive school culture. In addition, administrators are now putting more focus on those demographic disparities. A reevaluation of the district’s student code of conduct, which administrators use in addressing student discipline, could adjust things like maximum suspension guidelines for various infractions.
“There’s discretion built into that to allow our administrators to use good judgment in terms of aggravating circumstances and mitigating circumstances,” said Powers. “This year we’re going to really try to involve as many stakeholders in that as possible just to see if there are pieces that need to be revised.”
A group of Western Carolina University education professors with social justice backgrounds toured the schools this spring, and this year they’re leading quarterly training sessions for principals and assistant principals.[…]
Just what we need — MORE PhDs on the case. (And college professors, at that!)
[…]“We have provided specific professional development to principals and central office staff around raising equity awareness, understanding implicit bias and recognizing vulnerable decision points when making discipline-related decisions,” Powers told the board.Grimesey said that Moore County Schools’ work to create an equitable learning environment for all students is in its early stages.
“We’re not in a big rush just to jam some canned program out there, but to really take the long view,” he said. “These problems have been in existence for a long time, and true solutions are going to require a long-term commitment.”
The Pilot will NEVER question Grimesey or his antics. They invested so much in saving his job a few years ago when he was justifiably fired. Backing off of punishing troublemakers — keeping them in the classroom while your kids are trying to learn — helps NO ONE. It pleases The Round Rev and other assorted race pimps in the area, but really does NO GOOD.
7 thoughts on ““Equitable” punishment at Moore County schools?”
Boys are likely being disciplined more often than girls. That’s not fair, according to MCS logic. Probably the same for kids with low GPAs. Ergo punish girls and smart students more often. Do these people not see where this will all end? Why was Grimesey fired and then quickly reinstated? I have yet to get a straight answer from anyone on this.
Taxpayer dollars to indoctrinate our kids against the Constitutional Republic and God.
Kids would be better off with just what their parents could teach them at home. And they would be better citizens.
All these social justice/PhD educator programs with hopeful names only lead to continually enabling troublemakers, to the detriment of kids struggling to learn in class, with teacher’s unable to teach because of of pampered juvenile delinquents not suffering any consequences of their actions! Remember the shooter in the FL high school was one of these kids, thanks to Obama’s program protecting these kids from getting an arrest record in high school!
Honors classes are next folks. All in the name of equity. Take away honors classes because they are unfair the the lower IQ kids. Take away the sports teams because it’s unfair to those that aren’t athletic.
Haymaker please Detail why Grimesey was fired and who got him reinstated. The Pilot won’t do it. People ought to know. Thanks.
Well, from what society as a whole shows….there is a “demographic” that refuses to even try to behave. It has nothing to do with the people enforcing the laws of society or the rules of the schools, it is all the inability of the people to understand and actually abide by rules. I wonder if in their SJW utopia….do we require latino and whites to act by the rules and then develop a set of rules allowing the others to run wild with no consequences?
I also like the quote “fewer harsh disciplinary measures that keep students out of class and interrupt learning”. Whose learning should we interrupt then? The kids in the classroom who are actually trying to learn? Coming from a rural NC school system not far from Moore county, I have seen effects of not removing the people….the other kids have to be interrupted by the bad behavior constantly to address the out of control kid(s).
When I was in middle school, I was taught creative writing and higher-level classical literature in AIG classes. We learned about past civilizations. It was an opportunity to dig deeper into certain subjects. When I asked my daughter what she learns in AIG, she told me that she learns about empathy and positivity. While these things are important, I don’t think that they should replace higher-level academics. I am concerned about the direction that Dr. Grimesey is leading this county in. I believe he has his own agenda.
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