The Challenge


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The Challenge


THE CHALLENGE

Education is the "single most important" civil-rights issue facing this country.
Michelle Obama

 

Minority Students

Minority students are still taught & treated much differently in America's public school system. From the data available, we know that African-American and Hispanic students are disproportionately suspended, expelled, labeled with disabilities & referred to the criminal justice system. In addition to being under taught culturally significant material, students of color continue to be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to receiving quality public education on equal terms.

 
 

Hard Numbers

Disproportionate school discipline, low teacher diversity, increasing high school dropout rates, overrepresentation of minority students in special education & Eurocentric focused curriculum that distorts and under represents other cultures contributions to society has been shown to have profoundly negative effects that can last a lifetime.



63 PERCENT
63 percent of all preschool children receiving more than 1 out of school suspension were African-American. Learn More >>

18 PERCENT
18 percent of all preschool children are African-American. Learn More >>




1.2 MILLION
1.2 million African-American students were suspended from K-12 public schools in a single academic year. Learn More >>

55 PERCENT
55 percent of those suspensions occurred in 13 Southern states. Learn More >>




6x MORE
African-Americans children are 6 times more likely to be labeled with an Emotional Behavioral disorder than White students in some Florida school districts. Learn More >>

9x MORE
African-American children are 9 times more likely to be suspended or expelled once labeled with a disability in those Florida school districts. Learn More >>