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Do schools punish students of color more than their white peers?

March 6, 2012

A new federal report says that they do. The study from the Federal Department of Education shows that African American students are more likely to be arrested on school grounds and more likely to get suspended.

The Washington Post has this breakdown of the numbers, which come from the 2009-2010 school year:

  • 96,000 students were arrested at school, and school officials referred another 242,000 students to the police
  • In large school districts (those with more than 50,000 students), African Americans represented 35 percent of arrests
  • White students accounted for 21 percent of arrests
  • African Americans were more than 3½ times as likely to be suspended or expelled as white students
  • Students with disabilities were more than twice as likely to be suspended as students without disabilities.
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