On January 30, 2016, an Education Roundtable was held by the Commissions on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Hispanic Affairs, and African American Affairs, along with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The two and a half hour long event was held at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle. Check out photos from the Roundtable here!
The purpose of the event was to address school disciplinary procedures and the disproportionate effect it has on students of color. Each representative presented data and shared stories relevant to what education and school discipline look like when applied to our student communities and respective youth.
Participants were asked to submit comment cards throughout the day to provide input on concrete solutions, various ways to address gaps and disparities in student success in relation to discipline, suggested action items, and to share their personal experiences. The Commissions collected the feedback and summarized the comments based on central themes below:
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of the Education Ombuds, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee and Washington Appleseed spoke about their agencies’ past efforts and ongoing projects to improve data collection and diverse student success. See below for their presentation materials: