Report says special education and black students more likely to face suspension in school

New York Daily News

January 27, 2011


As suspensions served by city students have soared in the past decade, black and special education students were more likely to be kicked out of class, a new report says. Black students served more than half of the suspensions but account for just a third of city students, a new study by the New York Civil Liberties Union found. And students with disabilities were four times more likely to be suspended. The total number of suspension served in 2008-09 was up to nearly 74,000, from roughly 44,000 in 1999-2000, the report shows. Black students were given a particularly high proportion of suspensions for "subjective" offenses - like disruptive and disrespectful behavior - accounting for 55% of suspensions, the report says. "That reflects a predilection to target . . . black students with the harshest disciplinary punishments, and black students with disabilities are the most at risk sector of the student population," said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
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