May 26, 2105 — A report released last week by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Public Policy Clinic that analyzes the disproportionate punishments American Indian students face in school is already drawing attention from the media, including a May 26, 2015, article on the Huffington Post.
The report, Disparities in Discipline: A Look at School Disciplinary Actions for Utah’s American Indian Students, draws on publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education, collected for the 2011 school year (the most recent year for which data is available). In that year, according to the report, the American Indian student population comprised the smallest student demographic in Utah and “was the most frequently expelled, referred to law enforcement, and arrested for school-related incidents.”
The Huffington Post article also interviewed College of Law student Vanessa Walsh for the article and includes her analysis of the school-to-prison pipeline for American Indian students.
Click here to read the Huffington Post article.