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Report: School suspensions widen achievement gap

from District Administration Magazine

Disproportionate suspension rates for black students and disabled students have created a national "discipline gap," making it more difficult for these students to succeed academically, according to the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA. In 2011-2012, nearly 3.5 million students were suspended from public schools at least once, says the institute's new report, "Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap?" Schools suspended students with disabilities at rates two to three times higher than their non-disabled peers, the report found. Some 16 percent of black students were suspended, compared to 5 percent of white students. more


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