Madisonville CISD disputes study that says punishments are racially distinct

MADISONVILLE, Tex. (KBTX) -- A new article published on Trib Talk suggests there are racial distinctions in the delivery of punishments to students at Madisonville CISD.

It says African-American students make up 20 percent of the population of the district, and they have remarkably higher rates of in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, and Disciplinary Alternative Education Program referrals than other students. The article claims the district’s suspension rates are higher than the state average.

The article also says African American students made up 72 percent of DAEP referrals, 54 percent of out-of-school suspensions and 53 percent of in-school suspensions in the Madisonville CISD in 2016-2017. Hispanics made up 28 percent of DAEP referrals, 11 percent of out-of-school suspensions, and 15 percent of in-school-suspensions, while whites had no DAEP referrals, 28 percent of out-of-school suspensions, and 11 percent of in-school-suspensions.

The Madisonville CSISD superintendent released a statement in response to the article Wednesday morning saying:

“These alleged discriminatory outcomes do not have a casual relationship to the policy and practice of the District. To be unequivocal: MCISD does not use race as a factor when disciplining students.
Nevertheless, the District understands the gravity of this issue, and certainly wishes to ensure all students are treated equally. MCISD proposes a comprehensive review of all discipline policies and procedures to help ensure the equitable application of school discipline.

MCISD currently touts a 96.9% graduation rate for African American students and is proud of its effort put forth by the administration, faculty, and staff to ensure all students are loved and given the opportunity to succeed. The District will continue to strive to achieve high outcomes for all students of every race and socioeconomic background.”

You can find a link to the full article on Trib Talk in the Related Links section.