Thursday, March 17, 2016

Headline vs. Lede in NYT Story on Charter School DIscipline Policies

Headline on today's Motoko Rich story: "Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says"

Lede in today's Motoko Rich story: "These inequities are similar to those in traditional public schools, where black and disabled students are disproportionately disciplined for even minor infractions, and as early as preschool — although on average, charter schools suspend pupils at slightly higher rates than traditional public schools."

We can all agree that all public schools -- indeed, all schools, public and private -- need to address disciplinary disproportionalities. On the other hand, we don't need to distort or inflame the issue, right?

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