The Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice released several racial equity report cards to highlight racial disparities in school districts' discipline and academic achievement.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools racial equity report card for the 2015-16 school year
showed that 51.3 percent of short-term suspensions were Black students, while only 23.6 percent were white.
The study also concurred that, in the 2015-16 school year, Black students were 10 times more likely to receive a short-term suspension in the CHCCS than white students.
Peggy Nicholson, co-director of the Youth Justice Project within the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said her organization was motivated to create the racial equity report cards because it was fairly easy to find overall school discipline and academic achievement for districts, but it was difficult to find that information broken down by race.
"We wanted to create a tool so students, parents, community advocates and educators have easy access to some of that data, so they can start looking at overall racial disproportionality and their community’s school-to-prison pipeline," Nicholson said.