The Durham public school system is hosting 4 meetings to gather community input on how to find alternatives to suspensions and expulsions. It is vital for all members of the Durham community to participate in these discussions. There will be an opportunity to express frustrations, while also offering some proposed solutions. Currently, there are 4 public meetings scheduled:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7: 10:30AM-12:00PM
THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT CENTER, 2107 HILLANDALE ROAD
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9: 6:30PM-8:00PM
NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL, 117 TOM WILKINSON ROAD
*THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR) HAS BEEN INVITED TO THIS PUBLIC MEETING
MONDAY, DEC. 16, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
WHITE ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH, 3400 FAYETTEVILLE ST
The issue of suspensions and expulsions disproportionately affecting students of color and students with disabilities was recently taken to federal court when the NC Legal Aid filed a title VI Complaint asking the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") to investigate the Durham Public School District, and encourage the district to adopt new non-discriminatory policies and practices that use out-of-school suspension only as a last resort.
Please join any of the meetings that you can. Action NC will be mobilizing folks specifically for the Tuesday December 10th meeting at Southern High. There will be representatives from The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in attendance, and enlisting their help could benefit the Title VI Complaint.
Join us to let your voice be heard on how our children are being treated in Durham.