Challenging the Capital of Expulsions.
Civil rights advocates representing students and parents are battling Kern County’s high school district in court, arguing that local schools’ discipline practices discriminate against students of color. In Kern, Latino and African American students are far more likely than their white peers to be suspended or expelled. Because of the number of students expelled, Kern County has been described as school expulsion capital of California.
Guests: Martha Gómez, Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Los Angeles, CA, www.maldef.org; Erika Brooks, Education Program Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Bakersfield, CA, www.doloreshuerta.org
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