One of the first steps to rooting out policies that discriminate against Black students is to look at the data.
The recent civil unrest in the country that began as protests against police brutality have led to society taking a closer look at all forms of systemic racism, including in education.
Racist policies have greatly attributed to the huge disparity in suspension rates between Black students and their White counterparts. Several studies note that this disparity does not reflect higher rates of misbehavior among Black children. Through the implementation of zero-tolerance discipline policies, discriminatory dress codes, and systematic exclusion of Black high school students from Advanced Placement (AP) courses, many school districts have played a major role in disenfranchising Black students from having a positive K–12 school experience.