The Washinton Post covered the Office for Civil Right’s Investigation into discriminatory discipline practices at BASIS PCS that was prompted by the filing of a supplemental complaint by AJE, and quoted AJE Senior Staff Attorney Stacey Eunnae –
“Race-based discrimination in the District’s public education system still persists, and every day students of color are systematically pushed out of schools, particularly some of the District’s ‘highest performing’ schools,” said Stacey Eunnae, an attorney at Advocates for Justice and Education who worked on the complaint. Eunnae said in an interview that BASIS DC has created a culture that discourages students of color from enrolling or remaining in the school. Between 2012 and 2018, the BASIS DC student body has grown from 443 to 602 students, according to city data. But during that same period, the percentage of students who are black shrank from 55 percent to 37 percent. The white student population grew from 28 to 39 percent, and the Asian population increased from 4 to 8 percent.
You can find our original post about the investigation here.
If you have further questions, contact:
Stacey K. Eunnae
Senior Staff Attorney, Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.
202-678-8060 x.216 | firstname.lastname@example.org
AJE Press Release OCR Investigates Race-based Discrimination at BASIS DC (original press release).