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Stacey Eunnae, '16 & AJE force Federal Review of DC Charter Disparate Discipline Practices

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Stacey EunnaeOur congratulations to Stacey Eunnae, LLM '16 (Juvenile & Special Education) and the alumnae-founded and run DC non-profit law firm Advocates for Justice in Education for catalyzing a U.S. Dept. of Education investigation into apparently racially discriminatory practices of the high-performing DC Charter school, BASIS-DC.

A February 16, 2019 Washington Post article, begins thusly:

"One of the District’s highest-performing charter schools is under federal investigation amid allegations it more harshly disciplines African American students.

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights launched a probe into potentially biased discipline practices at BASIS DC — a middle and high school in downtown Washington with a long waiting list. The school, known for its rigorous academics, is part of an Arizona-based chain of charter schools."

It later includes the following:

“Race-based discrimination in the District’s public education system still persists, and every day students of color are systematically pushed out of schools, particularly some of the District’s ‘highest performing’ schools,” said Stacey Eunnae, an attorney at Advocates for Justice and Education who worked on the complaint.

Eunnae said in an interview that BASIS DC has created a culture that discourages students of color from enrolling or remaining in the school. Between 2012 and 2018, the BASIS DC student body has grown from 443 to 602 students, according to city data."

Read the full Washington Post article.


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