“Denver’s students of color were 219 percent more likely to be suspended out-of-school, expelled or referred to law enforcement compared to their white peers,” states a new report from Padres & Jóvenes Unidos.
The report suggests those types of punishment are more likely to push kids toward prison. While the overall use of these forms of discipline is on the decline in Denver, the racial disparity between which students receive school-to-jail punishments is growing.
The report measures “racial disparity impact” or “the additional harm experienced by students of color at schools due to racial disparities. A figure of 100 percent would indicate that students of color at that school were disciplined 100 percent more because of racial disparities,” the report notes.
If you’re wondering which schools have the widest race gap in punishment, here’s a top ten list pulled from the report.
10) Strive Prep – Sunnyside 650.7 percent
9) P.R.E.P. (Positive Refocus Education Program): 675.4 percent
8) Denver Public Montessori: 685.7 percent
7) Strive Prep: 840.5 percent
6) DSST: College View Middle School: 934.9 percent
5) Noel Community Arts School: 990.9 percent
4) Strive Prep – Montbello: 1,009.1 percent
3) Bruce Randolph School: 1,329.7 percent
2) DCIS at Montbello: 1,361.4 percent
1) Sims Fayola International Academy Denver: 2,991.2 percent
Photo credit: Martin Fisch, Creative Commons, Flickr.