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Rochester Public School Board learns results of discipline data

The discipline study done for Rochester Public Schools found disparities between different races.

Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 1:16 AM
Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 8:23 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- The disciplinary data found that 92% of students in the 2017-2018 school year actually had no referrals. But, students who are identified as Hispanic and black continue to be referred disproportionately to their enrollment.

Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Muñoz recognizes this and says these disparities have been recognized. 

The study did not just look at numbers, though. Mr. Muñoz spoke of one part of the study that looked at a specific classroom where of 10 office referrals, 8 students were black. They then looked further into that classroom and realized that 80% of the entire class was made up of black students so the findings made sense. 

The data also looked at referrals to law enforcement. 

The board approved the 2018-2019 school budget at the June 19 meeting as well.

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