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Despite decline in black student suspension, huge discrepancies remain high in Oakland schools

Oakland’s school district has reduced the number of suspensions of black students in the last three years, but they are still being removed from the classroom at a much higher rate than their white peers. The findings come courtesy of a yearly report to the civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education. 

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School district bans conversation about Ferguson

The unrest in Ferguson has prompted a neighboring school to ban conversation on the events happening in the small St. Louis suburb. Edwardsville Superintendent Ed Hightower said the school banned talks about Ferguson and Michael Brown due to safety concerns. 

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5-year-old allegedly punched in face by school teacher

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The mother of a 5-year-old Memphis, Tennessee child says her daughter was punched in the face by her kindergarten teacher. Tiffany McConnell, says her daughter Payton was punched by her teacher after requesting to use the bathroom for a second time. 

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Arizona school under fire for teaching literature that outlines the ‘benefits of slavery’

An Arizona charter school is being criticized for teaching what opposing members call “racist” and “sexist” lessons in its classrooms.  Two books by Cleon Skousen, who is often cited by uber conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement, are required reading for Heritage Academy seniors in Mesa. 

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White district sends black youth back to failing schools

Hundreds of mostly poor students of color will be sent back to their home districts next school year. The students used  controversial Missouri law to transfer out of the failing schools, to enter better schools in predominately white neighborhoods. 

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Senior may be banned from graduation for clever yearbook joke

A Georgia teen slated to graduate next week may be banned from walking across the stage after a yearbook prank. Paris Gray, senior class vice president, member of SADD, the Beta Club, and a leader on campus, says she received an in-school suspension for a science prank she pulled. 

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Teacher fired for using broom to break up fight

A Detroit teacher was fired after a cell phone video showed her using a broom to break up a fight between two students. In the video, two male students are fighting for at least 30 seconds before the teacher intervenes. 

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Lawsuit: black teacher mocked with minstrel show photos by students

An Arizona teacher has filed a lawsuit against the Tempe Union High School District after students at Ahwatukee’s Desert Vista High School racially discriminated against her.  The suit, filed by Cobb in February, came after a student posted a video to a social media site the month before. 

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Chicago school named after President Obama

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A new selective enrollment high school slated to open in 2017 will be named after President Obama. The Barack Obama College Preparatory High School will enroll 1,200 students from all over the city. 

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Students suspended indefinitely for bringing Confederate flag to school

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Two Long Island high school students have been suspended indefinitely after bringing a Confederate flag to school. According the Brother Gary Cregan, St. Anthony’s High School’s principal, the two seniors walked in with the flag draped around their shoulders during a sporting event. 

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