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U.S. report finds inequalities in courses and discipline for minority students
Education Secretary Arne Duncan appears at Howard University to discuss data on race, educational equity and opportunity.
March 7th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

U.S. report finds inequalities in courses and discipline for minority students

By Sally Holland, CNN

(CNN) - African-American boys and girls have higher suspension rates than their white or Hispanic peers, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on Tuesday. The report looks at race, educational equity and opportunities of U.S.students.

"Perhaps the most alarming findings involve the topic of discipline," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  "The sad fact is that minority students across America face much harsher discipline than nonminorities, even within the same school. Some examples – African American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers."

"We cannot suspend, expel and arrest our way out of our nation's education problems," said John Payton of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in response to the report.

"In fact, relying upon exclusionary discipline policies actually fuels academic failure and drives achievement gaps," he added.

According to the report, African American students are more than three and a half times likely to be suspended or expelled than their white counterparts.

Read the full post on CNN's Schools of thought blog

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  1. Jack

    Dduke, considering what we know by now about how well you like Hispanics, we'll take your commentary for it's histrionic value, and get something out of it.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      Jack off

      March 11, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Aboqusay

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        April 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dduke

    Yet another race centric article, way to create the next wave of hate CNN

    March 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |