DeVos Commission to Reconsider Obama-era Disciplinary Guidelines for Minority Students
Headline Roundup March 22nd, 2018
A commission led by Betsy DeVos will rethink Obama-era guidelines that recommend schools decrease suspension rates for minority students. Supporters of the directive say that it protects minorities from disciplinary discrimination, while detractors say that it's made classrooms less safe.
A commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will reconsider the Obama administration's guidance for school disciplinary policies.
As part of his new effort to focus on school safety in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Trump has returned to an old punching bag: his predecessor. Trump's school safety commission will investigate an Obama policy originally meant to help minority students avoid disciplinary discrimination. The policy, despite its success in some areas, has come under fire in conservative circles because of a perception that it lets dangerous individuals avoid punishment.
The Trump administration is being accused of racism for targeting an Obama-era directive compelling schools to ease up on discipline for minority students — even though the policy has made life more difficult for kids, including minorities, stuck in increasingly unruly classrooms.