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"Do Black Kids Behave Worse?" Black students and exclusionary discipline

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Research over the last 40 years has consistently documented that Black students are much more likely than other students to be suspended out of school, expelled, and subject to corporal punishment.  But why?  Two commonly mentioned explanatory reasons provided are (a) maybe its because Black students misbehave more, and/or (b) its not really race, but rather the overlap of race and poverty. This show will explore what the evidence says about these two and other reasons for why Black students are removed from school for disciplinary reasons at very high rates.

M. Karega Rausch is a Research Associate with the Equity Project at Indiana University. As a member of the leadership team, Karega ensures that the Project’s research, practice, service, and dissemination goals are achieved and that individual project goals, outcomes, and deliverables, are exceeded. This ensures the long-term viability and efficiency of the Project through strategic planning and securing resources.

Karega has presented on educational equity and accountability for national organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the American Psychological Association, the University Council for Educational Administrators, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the Harvard Civil Rights Project.