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Black Students Expelled More in South

A report released by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education found that Black students are suspended at higher rates in the South than their white peers.

Nationally, 1.2 million Black Students were suspended from K-12 public schools in a single academic year. Fifty-five percent of those suspensions occurred in 13 Southern states. Districts in the South were also responsible for 50 percent of Black student expulsions from public schools in the country.

Researchers behind the report say its aim is to show just how much school discipline practices and policies impact Black students in every K-12 public school district.

Black students in Southern states make up just 20.9 percent of the student body in the 3,022 districts analyzed. Yet, they were suspended and expelled at disproportionately higher rates.

Researchers used data from the U.S. Department of education’s Office for Civil Rights to present discipline trends related to Black students in schools.

The report includes recommendations for school leaders, educators, policymakers, journalists, community stakeholders, parents and families, and others concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline and the educational mistreatment of Black youth in K-12 schools.

Click here for the full report.