Study finds black students are more likely to be suspended from school than whites

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HOUSTON, TX – New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows black students are nearly four times as likely as white students to be suspended from school.  The figures come from studying the 2013-2014 school year, but the statistics don’t explain why the individual students are suspended.

“We need better training for teachers, so they can know how to handle these particular discipline problems,” said Dr. Robert Sanborn, President & CEO of Children At Risk. “This becomes a problem of bias among teachers, but it also becomes a problem of success, because when you’re disciplined, you’re not going to graduate. We know it doesn’t work as well as teachers want it to work, so why do we do it.”

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