SHOCKER! Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Other Suburb Schools Punish Black Students At Higher Rates. Details In New Federal Study

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carmel clay schoolsCarmel, Indiana is one of the nation’s most affluent suburbs. Even for African-American families, where median Black family income is $114,028. Despite two parent affluent Black families with children, new data released by the Federal Government shows that Black students in the Carmel public schools as well as other s districts in Indianapolis’ suburbs, are disproportionately disciplining Black students at higher rates than other races. That’s the results of an Afternoons with Amos and Indianapolis Recorder analysis of new data on massive release of massive amounts of data on student discipline statistics for every school and school district in America. What the data analysis showed was that Black students in school districts serving Indianapolis’ affluent Indianapolis suburbs – Carmel, Mt. Vernon and Hamilton Southeastern schools – suspended and expelled African-American students at rates far higher than their percentage in the total student population. hse logoThis new data was released March 21st jointly by the US Departments of Justice and Education. In a statement, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “This data collection shines a clear, unbiased light on places that are delivering on the promise of an equal education for every child and places where the largest gaps remain”. Attorney General Eric Holder commented, “This critical report shows that racial disparities in school discipline policies are not only well-documented among older students, but actually begin during preschool.” The detailed data is from the 2011-2012 school year and is the first comprehensive look at civil rights data in the nation’s public schools in fifteen years. 475130289Afternoons with Amos and the Recorder examined district data and data for key charter schools in Marion County along with the Indiana Schools for the Blind and Deaf. The analysis looked at the percentage of African-American students in the district/school and compared it with the percentage of African-Americans students who received in-school suspensions, out of school suspensions and expulsions.  As an explanation, if a school’s overall enrollment was 20% Black, and their percentage of Black students discipline was near that total, we’d say discipline was proportional.  But if, as example, the data showed that 40% of those disciplined were Black, then the data shows that discipline was racially disproportionate. We then divided the actual racial percentage of Blacks disciplined with their percent in the total enrollment to compile disproportionally indexes for each disciplinary category and an overall average. The Carmel/Clay schools had the highest index of racial disproportionality with Black students being discipline at rates 3.9 times their percentage in the student body. Second highest was Mt. Vernon School Corporation in Hancock County (3.4 times), then Hamilton Southeastern Schools (3.2 times), Franklin Township Schools (2.9 times) and Speedway Schools (2.6 times). The districts with the highest percentage of Black students, Pike and IPS, had far lower indexes of disproportionate discipline with Blacks being disciplined at 1.3 times their percentage of enrollment in Pike and 1.4 times in IPS. Five charter schools had the lowest percentages of disparate discipline for Black students. Southeast School of Excellence was the lowest at 0.5 times, followed by Indiana Math and Science West (0.6 times), KIPP and Indianapolis Lighthouse (0.7 times each) Imagine West (0.9 times) and Flanner House and Charles Tindley (1.0 times). Looking at individual types of school discipline, the pattern is similar with the suburban county schools exhibiting higher levels of apparent racially disproportionate punishment. Mt. Vernon Schools had the highest ratio of Blacks given in-school suspensions (4.9 times) followed by Carmel/Clay (3.6 times), Hamilton Southeastern (3.1 times), Franklin Township (3.1 times), Brownsburg (2.9 times) and Avon (2.63 times). In the out of school suspension category, similar patterns. Carmel/Clay the highest (3.6 times) followed surprisingly by the Indiana School for the Deaf where Black students there receiving out of school suspensions at 3 times their percentage in the student body.  Third highest disproportionate out of school suspension rate for Blacks was Hamilton Southeastern and Franklin Township (2.9 times), then Beech Grove (2.7 times). When it came to expulsions, Carmel/Clay again had the highest ratio of Black suspensions compared to their size of the student population. Carmel expelled Black students at a rate 4.7 times their population. Higher than any district or school surveyed in this report. Next was Speedway (3.9 times), then Hamilton Southeastern (3.5 times), Franklin Township and Mt. Vernon (2.9 times each). The full database for every public school and school district in Indiana and the nation can be viewed by clicking here:   DATA BASE OF CIVIL RIGHTS DATA FOR EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL AND DISTRICT IN US

MAJOR INDIANAPOLIS SCHOOL DISTRICTS & SCHOOLS RANKED
BY DISPROPORTIONATE DISCIPLINE INDEX OF BLACK STUDENTS
Chart Compilation ©2014 Afternoons with Amos
LEGEND: %ENR – Pct Blacks enrolled. %INS – Pct Blacks in school suspensions; %OTS Pct Blks out of school suspensions; %EXP – Pct Blks expelled;

INSX/OTSX/EXPX – Index of in-school, out of school, expulsions. AVE – Ave of Indexes.

DIST/SCHOOL                                %ENR %INS %OTS %EXP INSX OTSX EXPX AVE
Carmel/Clay                                                 3.3      11.9      11.7     15.4       3.6        3.5       4.7       3.9
Mt. Vernon                                                   6.3     30.8     15.3     18.2       4.9       2.4        2.9      3.4
Hamilton SE                                                7.4      22.8    21.4     25.8       3.1       2.9        3.5       3.2
Franklin Twn                                               5.6      17.2     15.5     16.2       3.1       2.8        2.9       2.9
Speedway                                                    19.5     35.8     40.1     75          1.8       2.1        3.8       2.6
IN Deaf School                                          11.9      25.0     36.1    N/A       2.1       3.0       N/A      2.6
Brownsburg                                                8.8      25.8     22.4    18.8      2.9       2.5        2.1        2.5
Perry Twn                                                    7.2      16.8      18.6    N/A      2.3       2.6       N/A      2.5
Decatur Twn                                               8.6     20.0      19.1     15.8      2.3       2.2       1.8        2.1
Avon                                                             9.2      24.2     24.0    10.5      2.6       2.6       1.1         2.1
Irvington Charter                                     12.8      30.0     21.4    23.5      2.3        1.7       1.8       2.0
Wayne Twn                                               29.7      49.7     48.6   66.7       1.7        1.6       2.2       1.9
Beech Grove                                                7.2        9.9      19.5     7.1        1.4       2.7       1.0       1.7
Washington Twn                                     39.9      68.1      65.9  66.1        1.7       1.7       1.7        1.7
Herron HS Charter                                 28.1     50.0      35.2  50.0       1.8       1.3       1.8       1.6
Paramount Charter                                47.9     65.3       61.5 100.0     1.4       1.3         2.1       1.6
Warren Twn                                             45.9      81.8      63.4   69.2     1.8       1.4        1.5        1.6
Lawrence Twn                                         39.4      N/A      63.3   55.7    N/A       1.6        1.4       1.5
IN Blind Sch                                            20.3      18.2      40.0   N/A    0.9       2.0       N/A      1.4
Pike Twn                                                  58.6      80.6      77.9    77.1     1.4       1.3          1.3       1.3
IPS                                                             53.3      72.2      68.7    72.6    1.4       1.3          1.4       1.3
Indy Met HS Charter                             72.3      80.0      79.4 100.0    1.1       1.1           1.4       1.2
Andrew Acad Charter                            89.4      100        100    100     1.1       1.1           1.1        1.1
Imagine E Charter                                  74.0     80.6       79.1   84.6    1.1       1.1           1.1        1.1
Christel Hse Charter                              18.4     29.3       30 0               1.6      1.6             0       1.1
Challenge Acad Charter                        94.4     100          100   N/A    1.1       1.1        N/A       1.1
AJ Brown Charter                                  76.0     75.0        80.6   N/A   1.0       1.1        N/A      1.0
Chas Tindley Charter                             94.1     100           85     100    1.1      0.9         1.1        1.0
Flanner Hse Charter                              99.2    100          100   N/A    1.0      1.0       N/A       1.0
Imagine W    Charter                              72.5    N/A         91.3   100    N/A     1.3        1.4        0.9
Lighthouse Charter                                73.4    N/A         74.8   87.5   N/A     1.0        1.2       0.7
IN Math/Sci N Charter                         78.5    77.5          61.3   33.3    1.0     0.8        0.4      0.7
KIPP Charter                                          96.9    N/A         97.7    100   N/A     1.0        1.0      0.7
IN Math & Sci W  Charter                    62.2    43.8         32.6   N/A    0.7     0.5       N/A     0.6
SE School Excel Charter                        11.2      5.4          12.8    0 0.    5 1.     1 0         0.5

 

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