The Trump administration is poised to roll back Obama-era policies aimed at reducing racial disparities in the way children are disciplined in school, according to a New York Times report published Monday.
The draft report does not mention how the Obama-era discipline guidelines might have led to the Parkland, Fla. shooting, the Times reported.
The report, which has not yet been finalized, argues in favor of rejecting the "disparate impact theory" promoted by former President Obama's Education Department. "Disparate impact theory" posits that policies should be reassessed if they have an outsized negative impact on minority groups, regardless of the policy's intention, according to the Times.
The commission's report calls this standard a "mere statistical disparity" and says it will act on allegations of racial bias when there is more substantial "evidence."
“When there is evidence beyond a mere statistical disparity that educational programs and policies may violate the federal prohibition on racial discrimination, this administration will act swiftly and decisively to investigate,” the commission wrote, according to a copy of the report obtained by the Times.
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