#racial disparity in school suspensions. #black boys 3x more likely to be suspended.

(New York Times) In many of the nation’s middle schools, black boys were nearly three times as likely to be suspended as white boys, according to a new study, which also found that black girls were suspended at four times the rate of white girls.

School authorities also suspended Hispanic and American Indian middle school students at higher rates than white students, though not at such disproportionate rates as for black children, the study found. Asian students were less likely to be suspended than whites.

The study analyzed four decades of federal Department of Education data on suspensions, with a special focus on figures from 2002 and 2006, that were drawn from 9,220 of the nation’s 16,000 public middle schools.

The study, “Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis,” was published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization.

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One Response to “#racial disparity in school suspensions. #black boys 3x more likely to be suspended.”

  1. If people actually READ the “report,” (which, of course, nobody WILL), you’ll see that the data was taken from a 2006 survey; it’s hardly up-to-date.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/publications/suspended-education

    Furthermore, though 9,220 schools were surveyed, the report is based on results from 18 hand-picked urban school districts where black students far outnumber whites. If you look at the numbers for ALL students in the 9,220 school sample, white males are actually MORE likely to be suspended than any other group, 28% vs 26% for black males.

    http://ocrdata.ed.gov/Projections_2006.aspx

    Boys were 3 times as likely to be suspended as girls, so the schools are obviously sexist. Asian girls, at 0.51% are the least likely to be suspended, meaning schools are racist/sexist in favor of them.

    You can twist statistics to say anything you want them to, something at which the fund-raiser propagandists at the SPLC excel.

    Any time you see a percent sign and the SPLC in the same paragraph, stop, drop and roll.

    The 1973 data came from a survey of 2,862 school districts, NOT the same 9,220 districts or even the 18 cherry-picked districts in the 2006 survey, so how can you compare the two data sets?

    http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED113797&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED113797

    Sadly, there may very well be racial bias in middle school suspensions, but quoting the fund-raising propaganda of the SPLC is a poor way to document it.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-5v

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