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Decatur NAACP hosting forum on student achievement and discipline

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Decatur NAACP hosting forum on student achievement and discipline

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Decatur’s Beacon Hill Branch of the NAACP is holding a community forum on Feb. 8 to talk about inequality in student achievement and student discipline.

The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at CSD’s central office, located at 125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA.

Panelists include former school board chair and current Georgia School Boards Association Executive Director Valarie Wilson, Bryant Marks of Morehouse College and Superintendent David Dude. NAACP members have been regular attendees of Decatur School Board meetings lately and have been working to keep the board’s attention focused on this issue.

Superintendent David Dude presented a report at a school board meeting in October showing an achievement gap for black students. The report also showed black students are disciplined at a much higher rate than white students.

According to the report, inequality in student achievement and discipline is not a new phenomenon in City Schools of Decatur. The problems persist.

“In 2015-16, a Black student in CSD was eight times more likely than a White student to be cited for rude/disorderly conduct,” the report says.

Here is the flyer for Wednesday’s forum:

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