Black students in the Pflugerville school district are 3.5 times more likely to be charged with assault than other students, according to a recent study. Measure, an Austin-based research and public education nonprofit that uses data to address social disparities, found during the 2016-17 school year that 54 percent of assault charges at school campuses were related to black students.
After learning of a seemingly disproportionate number of African-American youth being charged with assault in the Pflugerville School District (PFISD), MEASURE formed a partnership with PFISD, Black Pflugerville, and PFISD Police Department. Through our united efforts we discovered that Black children were charged with assault in 54% of the cases in the 2016-2017 school year, while only accounting for 16.8% of the student population. MEASURE brought these numbers to the attention of the district and Pflugerville community members. Full Report.
MEASURE galvanized support to reject a potentially harmful proposal by members of Pflugerville City Council. The resolution called on council to approve “encouraging the courts to sentence criminals convicted of drugs or violent acts to the maximum punishment allowable by law”. After a nearly hour-long round of comments from the public and council members, Resolution 0508 was “tabled indefinitely”. See the full analysis.
Media: Community Impact Austin