A new analysis of federal data found that Southern schools disproportionately suspend and expel African American students at rates higher than their representation in the student population.
Nationally, 1.2 million black students were suspended from K-12 public schools in 2011-2012, the most recent year for which federal data is available. Thirteen Southern states are responsible for 55 percent of those suspensions, as well as 50 percent of black student expulsions from public schools in the United States.
The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania examined data about school discipline practices for the 2011-2012 school year in every K-12 public school district in thirteen Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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