Fairness of school discipline in spotlight in Henry County

Critics of Henry’s discipline practices note a racial disparity. Henry’s student population is 52 percent black, but about 65 percent of students disciplined are black, according to data Sapp’s attorney received through the Georgia Open Records Act.

News Story (Georgia)

Tammy Joyner, Eric Stirgus
Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)
May 20, 2016

Tags: Schools: Discipline

Organizations mentioned/involved: Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP)


Georgia Legal Services attorneys and others, though, have raised concerns about Henry County to Justice Department officials, who visited in March. District spokesman J.D. Hardin insists the DOJ’s visit had nothing to do with the school system’s disciplinary practices, but declined to say what was discussed.

Emails obtained by the AJC and interviews with attorneys who met with federal officials say they wanted to discuss “school climate” policies, a term often used to describe an effort to reduce disciplinary problems in a school.