June 13, 1995
Will kids learn and behave better if they're wearing neatly pressed slacks and a cardigan instead of baggy jeans and a t-shirt with some crude slogan? Five Anne Arundel County elementaries that want to experiment with school uniforms think it's a possibility worth exploring; so do we.The Anne Arundel Board of Education has nothing to lose by letting these schools try uniforms on a pilot basis. The program won't cost tax dollars, because parents would pay for the uniforms and a plan is being developed to assist those in financial need.
February 4, 1993
The county school board has voted to form a committee to study alternatives to suspension and expulsion of students.During yesterday's regular meeting, board members received a report on discipline in schools that showed that during the 1991-1992 academic year, 53,765 referrals were written on students for a range of offenses including fighting, insubordination, use of foul language, and truancy.More than 5,300 students also were suspended during the same period and 282 were expelled.
July 11, 2011
Anne Arundel County schools have not made sufficient progress in eliminating racial bias from its student disciplinary practices, according to a civil rights complaint filed by the NAACP. The complaint, filed with the civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education on Friday, alleges that the numbers of African-American students referred for discipline and suspended have hardly changed since a similar complaint in 2004. That complaint led to an improvement plan agreed to in 2005 by the NAACP and the school system.
June 21, 1994
A recent article in The Sun by staff writer Lan Nguyen focused on the preponderance of school suspensions given to black students, particularly males. Nationally, black students were suspended in 1992 at three times the rate of white students. In Maryland, the gap was sometimes wider: In Howard and Harford counties, black students were suspended almost five times as often as non-blacks; in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Carroll counties, blacks were punished at least twice as often.Educators have recognized a problem that needs to be addressed.
September 28, 1993
Why are African-American students being suspended more often than whites in Howard County elementary schools? School officials have been picking at that thorny question as they search for ways to curb this dilemma.The raw figures aren't immense: Only 46 out of about 19,000 elementary school students were suspended last year. But 52 percent were black, even though African-American children accounted for only 14 percent of the county's elementary school population.After two years of unsuccessful efforts -- during which the suspension rate for blacks in elementary schools actually increased -- administrators are turning their focus away from the children causing the problems and directing attention instead on how teachers may be provoking bad behavior.
March 15, 1995
With stiff competition for limited money in the education budget, from classroom supplies to new buildings, it might seem like a mistake for the Carroll County Board of Education to ask for funds to staff "timeout" discipline rooms in 10 schools.Suspend the troublemakers and let them and their parents deal with the consequences, rather than burdening the school budget, would be one hard-line response.That reasoning, however, misses the point that schools have always had to deal with problem pupils whose behavior does not justify the more drastic suspension-expulsion process.