ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester Public Schools officials continue to grapple with racial disparities in student discipline. The school board met with district principals Tuesday night looking at the numbers from this past school year and getting a handle on how far they have to go.
Early numbers from the latest data show a 6 percent downturn in suspensions from the year before but racial disparity remains.
We’re talking about the difference between the student population and how often students from those racial sub-groups face a disciplinary referral. The three main reasons students were handed a referral were physical aggression, fighting, and distributing alcohol, drugs, tobacco, paraphernalia.
In an effort to create a more equitable learning environment, teachers in the district are receiving training on historical trauma, social-emotional learning, and cultural awareness.
In light of that and these new numbers, Superintendent Michael Munoz says there’s still a lot of work to be done on the issue.