Black Kids More Likely to Get Suspended ... in Preschool
Racial disparities start very young, new Department of Education report reveals
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2014 11:04 AM CDT
In this March 14, 2014, file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to reporters during briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Black kids are suspended much more often than white kids—and by kids, we mean kids. Almost half of all children suspended from preschool more than once are black, according to a new Department of Education study, even though black students make up just 18% of preschoolers overall. Until now, education advocates have focused on disparities among high school and middle school students, the AP reports. "We think of 4- and 5-year-olds as being innocent," says one analyst. But "schools are using zero tolerance policies for our youngest also."

Overall, black students of any age are suspended and expelled at a rate three times that of white students. Eric Holder hailed the report, the department's first to examine the problem among children so young, as "critical," saying, "This administration is moving aggressively to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline." But some analysts tell Politico that the report lumps together districts of different sizes and demographics. The data "is cut in a way that hides as much as it reveals," one education advocate says.

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Mar 22, 2014 8:59 PM CDT
black kids are violent because their community does not value education but prefers men who have a lot of "baby mamas". Asians are getting their doctor degrees, law degrees, PhD's and opening up businesses and companies. In Houston ISD Asians are not classified as minorities because their test scores are extremely high and fill the majority of spots in Charter schools.
Mar 22, 2014 7:59 PM CDT
White students get suspended more than Asian students. Why does no one care about this?
Mar 22, 2014 7:58 PM CDT
"Descriptive and logistic regression analyses indicate that students from African American families are 2.19 (elementary) to 3.78 (middle) times as likely to be referred to the office for problem behavior as their White peers. In addition, the results indicate that students from African American and Latino families are more likely than their White peers to receive expulsion or out of school suspension as consequences for the same or similar problem behavior. These results extend and are consistent with a long history of similar findings, and argue for direct efforts in policy, practice, and research to address ubiquitous racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline." This is from an interesting website trying to take a fact based path to racial prejudice in schools regarding discipline and other topics.