Recent politics forced neighboring White school districts to send Black and impoverished students back to the Normandy Missouri School District. After a tense political battle the Missouri Department of Education made decisions that would send Black students back to their home district.

A former law allowed Black students to attend a better performing school district due to Normandy Schools lack of accreditation. The Missouri Department of Education re-branded the school by changing the name. The legal loophole that the Missouri Department of Education used enabled to
Normandy School District to re-brand itself as an accredited school district. The impending result of this legal loophole could be that the Missouri Department of Education is effectively sending Black students to prison.

When Black students do not have success in the classroom, they are more likely to engage in behaviors that will lead them to prison. Black students who are not having classroom success are more likely to either be late for school or stop attending school. Once they establish that type of pattern, they are less likely to graduate from school. With those factors in mind, they become prime targets for inception in to a gang and other behaviors that can compromise the safety of local citizens.

Can the Missouri Department of Education develop strategies that eliminate the possibility of sending Black kids to Prison?

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