Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Suspension Used More with Black Students

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Suspension Used More with Black Students

Article excerpt

Black students are far more likely than white and Hispanic students to be suspended from school, and nearly 200 districts reported that 20% or more of their students were suspended at least once during the school year, according to a new report by the Civil Rights Project.

This first-ever breakdown of nearly 7,000 districts found that 17% of black students nationwide received an out-of-school suspension compared to about 5% of white students. The comparable rate for Hispanics was 7%.

One district, Pontiac, Mich., had suspended 67% of its black students during the 2009-10 school year. Hartford, Conn., had suspended 44% of its Hispanic students, and Miami Unified in Arizona had suspended 40% of its white students during the same year.

Among the study's other findings:

* An estimated 13% of all students with disabilities were suspended nationally, about twice the rate of their nondisabled peers.

* Students with disabilities and black students were also more likely to be suspended repeatedly in a given year than to be suspended just once. The reverse was true for students without disabilities and for most other racial/ethnic groups. …

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