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Suspensions Handed Out More Frequently To Minorities, Students With Disabilities

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This doesn't sound fair.

According to a new report, racial minorities and students with disabilities are suspended at a much higher rate than white students and students without disabilities.

The report samples over 500 school in California, and it indicates that 7.1 percent of all students were suspended in California at least once in the 2009-2010 school year.

However, those numbers rise astronomically to almost 18 percent among students who are black, 11 percent among American Indians and 13.4 percent for students with disabilities.

Obviously research such as this is subjective, but it is disconcerting to see nonetheless.

Here's what one source had to say on the high rate of suspensions:

"One would think kids with disabilities would not be suspended at these much higher rates, but in fact, they are. It suggests that school districts across the state … are really falling down in their responsibility to meet the needs of kids with disabilities – especially if those are kids of color."

Seems like suspensions have not been the greatest disciplinarian tool our schools have in their arsenal.

Can we brainstorm ways to help the children that have more positive results?

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