Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools might be among the strongest in the state when it comes to racial equity, but community members stressed that there is still a lot of room for improvement at a forum Saturday.
The school discipline forum was organized by Chapel Hill-Carrboro Citizens Advocating for Racial Equity and co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill Town Council’s Justice in Action Committee.
A panel made up of local attorneys, law professors and school board officials discussed racial disparities and how discipline is administered in schools and the court system.
Only about 11 percent of CHCCS students are African-American. But in 2011, more than 60 percent of students suspended from school were African-American, said Mark Dorosin, a managing attorney for the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and a member of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.
And African-American students in North Carolina are far more likely to be suspended for relatively minor or subjective infractions — such as cellphone use, public displays of affection or disrespect, according to a report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.