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Letter: Weak family structure leads to suspensions

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Amir Whitaker, left, civil rights attorney for the ACLU of Southern California; Darcia Forester, deputy public defender with the state Public Defenders Office; and Heidi Armstrong, assistant superintendent of the Office of Student Support Services at the DOE, spoke June 6 during a ACLU of Hawaii panel as Rae Shih moderated. They discussed the current landscape of the state’s public schools.

While Susan Essoyan’s article about Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students being suspended raises an issue, such suspensions are a mere symptom of more underlying root causes: compromised family structure in a broken home, incarceration of a parent and siblings and desperate socioeconomic conditions (“Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students are suspended more days than U.S. average,” Star-Advertiser, June 14). Read more

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