Activists rally for laws to address education disparities
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Activists and legislators are rallying in Vermont to address racial disparities in the state’s public education programs.
According to a 2015 report from Vermont Legal Aid, black students were two to three times more likely to be expelled than their white classmates for the same offenses. WPTZ-TV reports Attorney General T.J. Donovan said at the Saturday rally that the presence of systemic racism puts students of color in a “school-to-prison pipeline.”
Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools official Amanda Garces says she and other activists are working with legislators to draft a bill on the matter.
She says adjusting the current curriculum to include more diverse lessons and topics is a key component of addressing disparities.
Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com