Black Preschoolers Are Suspended 3.6 Times More Than Whites
Did you know that Black preschoolers are more likely to be suspended than their white peers? According to NPR reports:
Remember the black teenager who was thrown from her desk by a school cop? Violence in schools, bullying by other students – these were once dismissed as isolated incidents. But expanded reporting has produced a mountain of data which helps identify patterns of civil rights abuses. The Department of Education now requires information on everything from preschool expulsion rates to whether minority students have access to advanced courses. The latest civil rights data collection has just been released. For more on what it reveals, we’re joined by Anya Kamenetz of NPR’s Ed team.
You know, it’s only been twice so far that the Department of Ed has been collecting these numbers. And I think it surprised a lot of people to learn that thousands of very young children are being suspended each year, a few hundred, actually, expelled. And one of the ironies of this survey is that there’s a bright spot in terms of many more districts are offering free preschool programs. And yet, we see, as we did in the last report, that black students in preschool are 3.6 times more likely than whites to be suspended. And so these new programs, which are so helpful for getting students ready for school, for some of those students, it’s a very negative introduction.
That black-white disparity in suspensions even gets a little bigger in K-12. We see it with expulsions as well and notably with black girls, who are five times more likely than their white peers to be suspended.
Read the entire interview HERE. Discuss.