Stark racial disparity in school discipline revealed by data investigation
CHICAGO (WLS) — As students across our area head back to school, an I-Team data investigation reveals stark racial disparity in how students are disciplined. Our data investigation examines the Discipline Disparity: students of color far more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students, leading some students to question whether they are being targeted because of their skin color
“I can tell you that when you’re walking down the hall. I have been stopped when I’m walking with my white friends substantially more,” said Talib Becktemba-Goss, Oak Park and River Forest High School Graduate.
Becktemba-Goss graduated from OPRF high school this spring and spent his high school years fighting for racial equity.
An ABC7 I-Team analysis of discipline data for the 2019-2020 school year reveals that OPRF has the second-highest disparity rate statewide in exclusionary discipline. State officials track out of school suspensions or expulsions, along with the race of the students…