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African-American students suspended more, from pre-school to high school

New information on a story we’ve been covering for two years.

CBS 6 reported earlier that African-American students are more likely to get an out of school suspension while in middle school and high school. Today we’ve learned the same applies for African American students in pre-school.

This comes from a report released today by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

It says that about 18% of preschoolers are African-American and that 42% of all preschool students suspended are also African-American.

If you look up the amount of students suspended more than once, that percentage jumps to 48, and indicates that nearly half of all preschoolers suspended twice or more.

You might remember, Henrico Schools came under fire in 2012 after a study said their African American suspension rates were one of the highest in the country.

But the district has been working on that number, and in 2013 that number was dropped from nearly 7,000 suspensions to 5,700.

It’s also worth mentioning that earlier this year President Obama’s administration told schools to abandon their intense suspension policies.

We’ll let you know when we get any more updates.

15 comments

  • Cindy

    Maybe the parents should attend classes with their children. Gee, could this be due to no decent parents around, living on welfare in bad neighborhoods, etc.

  • Jim Dick, Jr.

    My sense is that this is another moment to celebrate differing cultural values. As an African-American (my ancestors emigrated from Africa some 60,000 years ago) I’m thinking it’s really cool for those kids to be expelled. My guess is that it gives them great street cred and a path to taxpayer dole. Good for them. Just as the US has a top 1%, we always need the bottom 1%.

  • Glen Allen

    It would seem to me that if the standards are the same for every kid, then if the shoe fits…….who cares what color they are. If they are suggesting the rules be slacked for African Americans, so the percentages are equal, then perhaps they need to segregate the preschools. Reducing standards so that the outcome is equal is not the answer. Spend more time with those that need more help, so, that all can be equal is the answer. Encourage better parenting, and stop making excuses.

    • Doesn't Matter What My Nam Is, Only That I'm Thinking

      I want to know what % are left handed compared to right handed, what % were green eyed or brown or silver, or have attached earlobes.

    • Joe

      I am black, I had good parents, I am now a good parent raising a good little black girl. No one in my family has ever been suspended. I have a masters degree, own a home and my car is paid for. I have an awesome job, love my job. If the shoe fits I surely wore it, was the perfect size for me. I also have black friends who have never been in trouble, are trustworthy and all of them have jobs. Not all of us are scary and criminals.

      Not sure the story was suggesting the rules be adjusted for any race, what line did you read that in I could have missed it.

      • Glen Allen

        Thank you Joe! This article and all studies associated with it are nothing more than a waste of time and money that results in race arguments. These studies prove nothing. There are well behaved children and there are children that misbehave, there are good parents, and there are bad parents. Reducing standards does nothing but lower overall expectations. Lower expectations results in lower quality.

      • Glen Allen

        “…It’s also worth mentioning that earlier this year President Obama’s administration told schools to abandon their intense suspension policies….”

      • me

        It seems Party consistently tells their disenfranchised that they are
        incapable of performing the civil responsibilities all others have to obey and that they should be exempt. The first AA AA president does not have to obey and abide rules, regulations, and laws and he believes enforcement is at his own personal discretion. Stands to his reasoning All his personal favorites should be exempt, excused and enforcement Refused. If Party blessed, PC Correct-mess, with preferred political profiling, covers all in the new preferred uncivil society with decisive
        divisions transparent.

  • Stateville1991

    Hmmm…..Gee, it sounds as if: ‘All Black Students Are Angels'; and, the ‘Liberal School Teacher’s here in Virginia should all be ‘Fired & Their Union ‘Disbanded’….I’m all for that ‘Union Thing’ being disbanded. And…..When & If that would happen (LOL)…just who should ‘Society/Parents/Teachers Blame & Punish Those Students For Behavior That Warrants ‘Suspension?’ Hmmm…Let me Guess: It’s All Bush’s Fault & All White People are Racists…..GET OVER IT; AND, DO THE RIGHT ‘THANG’….

  • me

    This is absolutely terrible!.
    How and why would behavior and attitudes have anything to do with those statistics? Why would we put up with this?
    Quickly, punish all white kids, needed or not, to get stats Correctly aligned with to hide all the facts, The facts that are known, yet ceremoniously, excused, and refused, because they hurt sensitive biased “feelings”. Truth sometimes hurts. And sometimes the
    truth is as transparent as the facts. Facts of Life: personal actions, decision, attitudes, behaviors and life style choices actually do result
    in consequences, like it or not. Those stats mount up as a direct
    result.

  • Pu-leeze

    Gawd, this Correct-Mess is getting creepy, in deceptions, Refusals
    to face the obvious, and dangerous in school, streets, nation, and
    World-Wide.

  • Bigelowjax

    “Truth sometimes hurts. And sometimes the truth is as transparent as the facts. Facts of Life: personal actions, decision, attitudes, behaviors and life style choices actually do result in consequences, like it or not.” AGREED! Look past the article and read the report.

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