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New in the Library – Report on Consequences of Disciplinary and Push-out Policies for Girls of Color
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From the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, this 2015 report seeks to “increase the awareness of the gendered consequences of disciplinary and push-out policies for girls of color, and, in particular, Black girls.”  Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected argues that existing research and public policy is underinformed and often fails to address the risks that black girls and girls of color confront.

The research in this report is based on focus groups and stakeholder interviews in Boston and New York City conducted between September 2012 and August 2013.

Examples of key observations from the report:

  • In New York and Boston, black boys and girls were subject to larger achievement gaps and harsher forms of discipline than their white counterparts.
  • At-risk young women describe zero-tolerance schools as chaotic environments in which discipline is prioritized over educational attainment.
  • Increased levels of law enforcement and security personnel within schools sometimes make girls feel less safe and less likely to attend school.
  • School-age black girls experience a high incidence of interpersonal violence.

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Posted Tue, Mar 31 2015 7:05 AM by Susan Powell


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