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GAO report: Disproportionate arrest rates for students based on race, gender and disability

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that a student's race, gender, and disability status heavily influence their likelihood of being arrested. The report analyzed data from the 2015-16 and 2017-18 school years and found that students of color, particularly Black students, and students with disabilities face disproportionate disciplinary measures. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian/Alaska Native students are arrested at two to three times the rate of their white peers. The report also highlights the intersectionality of these factors, with Black girls without disabilities having higher arrest rates than white girls with disabilities. The presence of police in schools is associated with higher arrest rates, despite discouragement from education and justice departments. The report recommends collecting arrest and referral data by race and improving data collection practices. The U.S. Department of Education generally agrees with the recommendations. The findings emphasize the need to address the root causes of these disparities and reform police involvement in schools.

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California
Newsom signs bill prohibiting gender identity notification in schools

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that prohibits mandating teachers to notify families about student gender identity changes. The new law protects teachers from retaliation and prohibits K-12 "forced disclosure" rules. It also requires the California Department of Education to offer resources to parents and students on managing conversations about gender and identity privately. The bill comes in response to school board decisions in some parts of California to notify parents about name or pronoun changes and gender-related requests by students. Attempts at gender notification policies in other states have triggered lawsuits and concerns about student privacy rights. California is the first state to outlaw such policies at the local level. Assemblymember Chris Ward, the bill's author, emphasized that teachers are not meant to be "the gender police" and that the law does not intrude on the parent-child relationship. This is not the first time Governor Newsom has intervened in local school affairs, as he previously signed a law that fines school districts for banning textbooks portraying LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups.

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Texas
Court orders release of Uvalde shooting records for transparency

A Texas district court has mandated that the Uvalde school district and sheriff's office release all records related to the Robb Elementary School shooting, including police body camera footage and 911 calls. This decision, announced last week by the 38th Judicial District Court of Uvalde County, responds to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of news organizations, led by The Texas Tribune, after their open-records requests were consistently denied. The ruling highlights a significant move towards governmental transparency following the May 24, 2022 tragedy that left 19 children and two adults dead. The public and media argued that access to these records is crucial to understand the failures in police response during the incident, which significantly delayed confronting the teenage gunman. While Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell opposed the release, citing potential interference with ongoing criminal investigations, the court's decision underscores the importance of public knowledge and accountability in such critical incidents. The entities involved have been given until July 28 to comply with the order.

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GAO report: Disproportionate arrest rates for students based on race, gender and disability

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that a student's race, gender, and disability status heavily influence their likelihood of being arrested. The report analyzed data from the 2015-16 and 2017-18 school years and found that students of color, particularly Black students, and students with disabilities face disproportionate disciplinary measures. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian/Alaska Native students are arrested at two to three times the rate of their white peers. The report also highlights the intersectionality of these factors, with Black girls without disabilities having higher arrest rates than white girls with disabilities. The presence of police in schools is associated with higher arrest rates, despite discouragement from education and justice departments. The report recommends collecting arrest and referral data by race and improving data collection practices. The U.S. Department of Education generally agrees with the recommendations. The findings emphasize the need to address the root causes of these disparities and reform police involvement in schools.

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