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Activists rally for laws to address education disparities

September 17, 2018

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.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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