Southern Poverty Law Center to Hold Press Conference on Racial Discrimination in Florida Schools African-American Students Suspended at Alarmingly High Rates
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Southern Poverty Law Center will hold a press conference TOMORROW, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m. (CST)/10 a.m. (EDT) to announce a series of federal civil rights complaints filed against multiple Florida school districts subjecting African-American students to harsh disciplinary policies at a far higher rate than white students.
The complaints explain how the school districts have imposed long-term suspensions on children as young as 8 years old for minor rule infractions, such as tardies, cell phone usage, talking in class and dress code violations.
WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, Aug. 7 9 a.m. (CST)/10 a.m. (EDT)
WHERE: United States Courthouse Northern District of Florida One N. Palafox St. Pensacola, Fla. 32502
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization that combats bigotry and discrimination through litigation, education and advocacy. For more information, see www.splcenter.org