Eye on Education

New Research Highlights Race Disparities In Student Suspensions

Two months after President Obama asked schools to end zero tolerance discipline rules, new research validates the concern that minority students are more frequently subject to the harsh policies than their peers. The report released Thursday shows African American and Latino, as well as students with disabilities and gay students are suspended at higher rates. The Washington Post reports the research is important because school suspensions are linked to the risk of dropping out and encountering the juvenile justice system.

“We need to pay close attention not only to the fact that suspension and expulsion are overused but that they affect certain groups much more than others,” said Russell J. Skiba, a professor at Indiana University and director of the collaborative. The effort follows a broader push to rethink how schools punish student misconduct.

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