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Latino Daily News

Monday October 10, 2011

Study Shows Black and Latino Students Suspended from School More Often

Study Shows Black and Latino Students Suspended from School More Often

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A recent report by the National Education Policy Center revealed that within public schools, suspension rates of black and Latino students were much higher than their white counterparts.

Though school suspensions have not been proven to have any kind of positive effect on student behavior or high school graduation rates, the practice of suspensions continue, with 28 percent of black male middle school students and 10 percent 16 percent of Latino male middle school students suspended each year.

Comparably, only 10 percent of white male students are suspended.

According to the research, from the 1972-73 school year to the 2006-07 school year, suspension rates for white students rose from 3 percent to 5 percent. Between those same years, suspensions of black students rose form 6 to 15 percent, and from 3 to 7 percent for Latino students.

The report stated that the frequent suspensions and expulsions should “raise questions about the school’s disciplinary policies, discrimination, the quality of its school leadership and the training of its personnel.”

The report, Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice, was made using current statistics from individual states as well as from the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights.