Study explores inequalities in public schools’ drug abuse policies

white and Asian students.

While white students make up 78.8 percent of the population in a Newark school district, they only make up 60.7 percent of the referrals to law enforcement. The others are supplemented by African-Americans, who make up just 4.2 percent of the district but 19.3 percent of the referrals, and Hispanics who are 7.8 percent of the population and 14.7 percent of the referrals.

Drug abuse can be decreased, along with dropout rates, if fair and equal standards are practiced both in school districts and in our laws, the report suggests.