As Mercer University continues to celebrate 50 years of integration, students are taking their campus’s temperature on race. Emily Wilson is among a group of sociology students who surveyed 360 of their peers. “I personally was a little surprised by the overall response, in that for the most part students really did seem to perceive a positive racial climate,” she said. “I think I may have expected to see a little more controversy than we did.” However, Wilson says there were some students who thought there should be more diversity on campus. Currently the student body is just over 58 percent white, 23 percent black and Hispanic.
African-American groups and some education advocates want Georgia school officials to collect better data on what they call a "pipeline" from schools to prison. One Texas study tracked over a million kids and determined that -- even accounting for poverty and other factors -- black students were much more likely than whites to receive harsher punishment for similar non-violent and non-drug-related offenses like truancy, improper dress and using cell phones.
Governor Perdue today answered a charge by a group of black Atlanta pastors that the State’s investigation into cheating on the CRCT is a "witch hunt" against black teachers. The clergy is protesting possible criminal charges against educators. Fulton County’s District Attorney, Paul Howard, said he will seek criminal prosecutions if warranted in the cheating allegations at some Atlanta public schools.