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Full text: Chronology of Human Rights Violations of the United States in 2016
March 09,2017   By:Xinhua
Sept. 30
 
Chicago Tribune website said in an article that the Chicago State University reported that only 86 new students enrolled in its freshman class in September 2016. The total enrollment of 3,578 that year is less than half the 7,362 students who attended CSU in 2010. Other state universities also reported significant declines in freshman enrollment. Eastern Illinois University in Charleston said its freshman class was 25 percent smaller than a year ago. It is believed that the situation is "a result of the ongoing Illinois budget crisis." The per-student funding for Illinois' public colleges and universities is 54 percent below 2008 levels. Arizona has cut education funding by 56 percent.

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Oct. 4
 
The Washington Post website reported that Isaias Salgado, a 31-year-old Hispanic man armed with a brick, was shot dead by police in Riverview, Florida.
 
Oct. 5
 
The USA Today website said in an article that more than 160,000 children in 19 states are the victims of corporal punishment in schools each year, according to a new research released by the Society for Research in Child Development. African-American children in a few southern school districts are more likely than white students to be smacked or paddled by a school worker. Black children in more than half of school districts in Alabama and Mississippi, for instance, are at least 51 percent more likely to receive corporal punished than white children, while in one-fifth of districts in both states, black children are more than 500 percent, or five times as likely, to be spanked or paddled. Using data issued periodically by the federal government's Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), researchers found that black students in several other southern states -- Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee -- are also more likely to get corporal punishment.
 
On the same day, the USA Today website reported that a coalition of community activists and parents of students in the Indian River School District is suing the district in federal court, contending its leaders operate one special-education school as a "dumping ground" for African-American students who would be treated better if they were white. The lawsuit alleges George Washington Carver Academy is effectively a segregated school within the district, a "punitive dumping ground for African-American students." White students who bring cellphones to district schools, the lawsuit claims, usually see them confiscated for a day. But when an African-American student was seen with a phone in her backpack, a referral to Carver followed, the lawsuit says. Indian River, the lawsuit alleges, makes a habit out of "removing them [black students] from its mainstream schools and sending them to Carver in disproportionate numbers on flimsy pretexts, segregating them at Carver on arbitrary grounds and for arbitrary periods of time, and neglecting their educational needs."
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