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Inequities in student discipline remain in WA public schools

PNW Explained

Inequities in student discipline remain in WA public schools

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Inequity in student discipline is a nationwide problem. In Seattle, the issue was so severe that in 2013 a federal investigation into Seattle Public Schools disciplinary practices began. Since then, legislative efforts have aimed to reduce disciplinary rates and make them more equitable. The latest round of student discipline data shows that these measures have had mixed results.

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Seattle's enduring achievement gap

In Seattle, as well as nationwide, there is a large racial disparity in student achievement. Much of this can be attributed to factors affecting students before they even begin kindergarten, but systemic issues within schools can reinforce these inequities. An emphasis on early childhood education, with initiatives such as Seattle's preschool program, may help close the gap.

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In Seattle, school segregation is actually getting worse

Seattle public schools are becoming more divided when it comes to race. For years, the city made an effort to integrate schools with a busing program, to mixed success. But while residential segregation continues to improve in Seattle, schools have been resegregating over the past few decades. Because of this, a school’s student body can look very different depending on what neighborhood it is in.

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