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00000177-6edd-df44-a377-6fff43070000WUNC's American Graduate Project is part of a nationwide public media conversation about the dropout crisis. We'll explore the issue through news reports, call-in programs and a forum produced with UNC-TV. Also as a part of this project we've partnered with the Durham Nativity School and YO: Durham to found the WUNC Youth Radio Club. These reports are part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and these generous funders: Project Funders:GlaxoSmithKlineThe Goodnight Educational FoundationJoseph M. Bryan Foundation State FarmThe Grable FoundationFarrington FoundationMore education stories from WUNC

Guilford County Looks at Ethnic Disparities

Guilford county schools held a two-part symposium this week examining disparities for African-American students.

Jeff Tiberii: The event focused on disproportionate levels of discipline and below average literacy rates. Students who are black were more than three times more likely to be suspended than white students. Beth Folger is Chief academic officer for Guilford County Schools. She says several key factors led to the discrepancies.

Beth Folger: A lack of cultural relevancy in our reading materials, a lack of relationships between the adults in our schools and our African-American males, and also some implicit bias, some biases that we all bring to the table; some of them conscious, some of them unconscious.

In an effort to improve disproportionate measures of discipline, Folger says three schools will enter into a pilot program this academic year. Punishments will be reviewed constantly throughout the year in an effort to see that white and black students breaking the same rules are treated equally. As far as literacy rates, the school system is making a push for a more culturally relevant curriculum.

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