Wake Ed

Wake County student to talk to US Senators about preventing school pushout

A Wake County high school student and member of N.C. HEAT will be in the national spotlight Thursday in Washington D.C. talking to U.S. Senators about the problems of student suspensions.

Ramiyah Robinson, a 14-year-old freshman at Southeast Raleigh High and N.C. HEAT member, will join three other speakers to address federal legislators on how schools push students out through their discipline policies. NC HEAT along with the Youth Organizing Institute and Education Justice Alliance have launched a campaign for a Moratorium on Out-Of-School-Suspensions in the Wake County school system.

Robinson has spoken out at school board meetings to complain about the district’s discipline policies and the use of school resource officers on campuses.

The Senate Briefing on Preventing School Pushout take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. The briefing is sponsored by Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat; and Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat.